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Mercedes ready to offer Hamilton new contract

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Mercedes Motorsport boss Toto Wolff is set to offer Lewis Hamilton a new contract, in an attempt to keep the driver at Mercedes beyond 2015.

Hamilton, 29, will have one year remaining on his current three-year deal come the end of the season, but Wolff is ready to reward Hamilton for his performances over the last six months before the world championship is even decided.

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Hamilton talks now a team priority

This contract offer comes in the wake of Mercedes' first ever formula 1 constructors' title, after achieving their ninth one-two finish on sunday, which leaves either Hamilton or Rosberg to lift the drivers' trophy, with the Briton currently sitting 17 points ahead of the German in the standings.

Wolff has revealed his reasoning behind the contract offer is to keep the team together and not allow anything to come between the team - despite the tensions that have grown and the ongoing disagreements between the two drivers - quelling any suggestions that Fernando Alonso may be taking over from one of the current Mercedes Drivers.

“We have a contract with both our drivers for 2015, and we want to continue with the current line-up." Wolff said.

“That is because these two boys are part of the success of the team, they know each other so well and they respect each other. The moment you get somebody else in that fight could be detrimental to the team’s performance. So our main priority is to continue with Lewis and Nico beyond 2015.”

Negotiations are already advanced

The contract talks between Wolff and Hamilton supposedly began earlier this year, but have been put on hold out of respect to the 29-year-old to allow him to focus on the drivers' championship.

“We have agreed with Lewis we want to concentrate on the championship and leave him alone,” added Wolff. “We want to give him the same possibilities as Nico, and for him not to get involved in commercial, financial and legal discussions until after Abu Dhabi."

“My commitment to him as well is we’re not going to talk to anybody about any terms or contracts until then.”

Although the Constructors' Championship is all wrapped up, the Drivers' championship is as close as ever, and will almost definitely be decided in Abu Dhabi, but it's anyone's guess as to who will be lifting that final trophy.

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