ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperSports / Motor newsSoccerBasketballVolleyballTennisGolfTrack & FieldSwimmingMotorChinaStarsEditors Pick:Brazil World Cup-winning captain Carlos Alberto diesLippi to be coach of Chinas national team: reportRio 2016 Olympic GamesSilk Way RallyKobe BryantJust in:China beats Germany 7-4 in mens curling Olympic qualification10:31Gremio facing uphill battle in FIFA Club World Cup: coach10:12Spanish coach Lillo parts ways with Atletico Nacional09:59Bayern beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 in UEFA Champions League09:23Guoan swoops for Lucas08:41NBAs Shoemaker ending China stint08:41Russia banned from Pyeongchang Winter Olympics07:58David Shoemaker to step down after seven years as NBA China CEO14:46Former Jiangsu Suning striker Jo voted best player in Brazil10:42Paraguay part ways with coach Arce10:28new srcMarquee(“ScrollMe”,0,1,808,30,30,3000,3000,30)Hamilton says new contract looks a formality(Agencies) Updated:2014-11-25 19:31Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallFormula One champion Lewis Hamilton takes a selfie photograph with fans during his visit to Media City in Salford, Manchester, northern England November 25, 2014. [Photo/Agencies]ABU DHABI – Lewis Hamilton says a contract extension with Mercedes is almost a done deal now that he has got his second Formula One championship under his belt.”We havent discussed the nuances but…it really is pretty much a formality I would have thought,” the 29-year-old told British reporters after the season-ending race in Abu Dhabi.Hamilton is currently two years into a three-year deal and he and the team had deferred renewal talks until after the championship was over to avoid needless distraction.German team mate Nico Rosberg, the rival he beat to the title on Sunday at Abu Dhabis Yas Marina circuit, agreed a new deal earlier this year. Hamiltons signature would keep the duel between them going well beyond 2016.Mercedes motorsport head Toto Wolff had said previously that he would open talks on Monday but he spoke those words well before Sundays post-race party.”Definitely for me it would not be the best thing for me to do,” the Austrian grinned, looking somewhat worse for wear on the morning after.Some media reports have already talked of Hamilton landing a possible five year deal, worth a potential 100 million pounds ($156.96 million), to become one of Britains highest-paid athletes.The combined earnings of the driver and his popstar girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger have also drawn comparisons with David and Victoria Beckham, even if Hamilton indicated he had no immediate marriage plans.”We are really on a great journey and Lewis is a super important member (of the team) and we want to keep it together,” said Wolff.”Were going to reflect for a couple of days, go back to the factory and then start those discussions in the next weeks.”Hamilton recognised that driving fast, rather than speedy contract negotiations, was what he did best and so nothing was decided on how talks would proceed but he did not expect them to be difficult.”The contract I currently have is a great contract. Im going to take some time to try and understand how I can help the team more, and how the team can get more, and how the team can utilise me more,” he said.”Ultimately I think not a huge amount will change.” (1 US dollar = 0.6371 British pound)8.03KRelated StoriesWinning a family affair for HamiltonHot Hamilton driven to succeedHamilton savours his greatest dayHamilton drives it like he owns itHamilton hoping for Texas hold emPhotoPyeongchang Winter Olympics torch relay kicks offTokyo marks 1,000 days until 2020 Olympic GamesFed Express eclipses his old foe Rafa againChinese sprinter Su Bingtian and wife hold wedding ceremony in hometownLi Na tastes local delicacy during WTA Wuhan OpenPlayer party held for 2017 WTA Wuhan OpenMost PopularWhats HotBritish, German soldiers play Christmas truce centenary matchHighlightsJames, Love lead Cavaliers over Hornets 97-88Bryant passes Jordan for 3rd on scoring listSoggy Serie A breakthrough for Mancini as Inter triumphHamilton wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2014SpecialLi Na retires from tennis17th Asian GamesUS OpenNanjing Youth Olympics…| About China Daily | Advertise on Site | Contact Us | Job Offer |Copyright 1995 -. All rights reserved. The content (including but not limited to text, photo, multimedia information, etc) published in this site belongs to China Daily Information Co (CDIC). Without written authorization from CDIC, such content shall not be republished or used in any form. Note: Browsers with 1024*768 or higher resolution are suggested for this site.License for publishing multimedia online 0108263             Registration Number: 130349