Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says it will use the “larger gaps” in the Formula 1 calendar to continue working with Lewis Hamilton on a renewed contract.
Hamilton’s current Mercedes deal expires at the end of the season, but the Briton is expected to agree terms on a fresh contract.
With Hamilton and Mercedes chasing another world championship in 2020, both he and Wolff have stressed they want don’t want contract talks to distract their title bid.
Speaking on Friday at Mugello, Wolff gave an update on Hamilton’s contract situation, but said there was no timeframe to announce a new deal.
“This is a work in progress, and I wouldn’t want to commit to a specific date,” Wolff said, as quoted by Motorsport.com.
“We get on very well, but then when it comes down to the detail, you just need enough time to do that.
“With one race after the other, we don’t want to really be distracted by contract talks. In between the larger gaps, like next week, we’re moving towards a satisfactory outcome.
“But I don’t know when it will announce.”
Wolff said Hamilton’s contract would have been sorted earlier had it not been for the busy 2020 schedule, as Mercedes “want to have certainty [on] how we race next year.” .
Hamilton joined the German manufacturer in 2013 from McLaren and has formed a formidable partnership, winning five of the last six drivers’ titles.
Asked if Hamilton putting pen to paper on a new contract was a certainty, Wolff said: “We didn’t look at the contract for the last three years, and never took it out of the drawer.
“Sometimes situations change, and the environment changes, and therefore this is a time where it’s another stint, another part of the journey that we want to go together. We’re just debating.”