Mercedes are expecting “curveballs” during Lewis Hamilton's contract negotiations, but believe a deal will be concluded.

Team head Toto Wolff is unconcerned by the failure to agree a deal yet, with a new season on the horizon.

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Hamilton’s contract expired at the end of 2020. Speaking to Autosport, Wolff said that he was optimistic, but was prepared for any eventuality.

"It doesn't worry me at all, because I will always respect Lewis's decisions,” Wolff said.

"Whether this is staying with us for a long time, or whether that means leaving the sport and pursuing different interests.

I think we need to be ready for all kinds of curveballs being thrown at us.

"But at the same time, we talk a lot, and we are very transparent with each other. I think there is more to achieve together."

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Hamilton’s deal could be worth around £40 million a year, in contrast to teammate Valtteri Bottas’ £8 million salary.

Other reports have claimed that Hamilton is after a share of Mercedes’ prize money, as well as asking for an AMG One hypercar.

Despite the lack of contract, the team expect a deal to go through and are working under that assumption.

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