sport news Lewis Hamilton asks for more time for himself in new £120m Mercedes deal

Lewis Hamilton wants more time for himself in his bumper new £120million Mercedes deal. 

The seven-time Formula One champion has been away from his family even more this year amid the coronavirus pandemic and the exhaustive demands of competing at the top have led him to demand more personal days be included in the deal, expected to be finalised soon. 

He told the BBC: 'I'm going to be spending time with friends and family, creating memories, if we get to start travelling more, its about taking my family somewhere and creating memories with them and celebrating with them, just being around them because this year I've not been able to see them.

Lewis Hamilton says he needs more time for himself in the terms of his new Mercedes deal

Lewis Hamilton says he needs more time for himself in the terms of his new Mercedes deal

The British driver sealed his seventh world championship with his victory in Turkey

The British driver sealed his seventh world championship with his victory in Turkey 

And when asked if he'd have more time to himself carved into his new deal, he responded with a knowing smile. 

'Potentially... that's always a part of the conversation, I need more time, I think this year has shown for example that you can work from home. 

'I'm sure there will be a lot of Zoom days in the contract rather than present days which means I have to fly less, which is good.'  

The British star equalled Michael Schumacher's seven titles with his masterful victory in the Turkish Grand Prix, yet another triumph in a dominant season. 

At 35-years-old, he still feels the passion to continue fighting for success not only on the track, but also away from it as a key campaigner and importance voice calling for greater racial equality and diversity.  

Hamilton wrapped up the title with three races to go and still has the hunger for success

Hamilton wrapped up the title with three races to go and still has the hunger for success

He added: 'I would love to stay, I still feel young, I still feel energised and hungry. And what's crazy is that yes I've won this seventh title but we have another big fight to win and that's for racial equality across the board and diversity in my sport which I thought I would have helped shift just by being here but I realise that's not the case. 

'We don't want to force teams to hire minorities for the sake of filling a space. 

'We want to create an opportunity where those individuals are educated and have earned the right, and its also non biased hiring. I want to find out what the real problem is fight we can fix it efficiently.'

Following Hamilton's historic achievement in securing his seventh crown, clamours for Hamilton - who has an MBE - to become a 'Sir' have grown from those within and outside of F1. 

Lord Hain is to write to Prime Minister Boris Johnson to push Hamilton's case for the honour, Rio Ferdinand described the driver as the greatest sportsman this country has every produced and Gary Lineker said he is 'right up there

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