Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton’s boss told to sort out Brit star’s contract by Christian Horner — so he can get Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull future in the bag

CHRISTIAN HORNER told Mercedes chief Toto Wolff to hurry up and get Lewis Hamilton to sign his new contract.

Hamilton is stalling over a two-year deal worth a whopping £40million a year.

 Lewis Hamilton has been gearing up for the Austrian Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton has been gearing up for the Austrian Grand Prix
 Daniel Ricciardos future with Red Bull is up in the air because of the Hamilton situation

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Daniel Ricciardos future with Red Bull is up in the air because of the Hamilton situation

And rival Red Bull boss Horner is frustrated because his driver Daniel Ricciardo will not commit his future until Hamilton makes up his mind.

Horner said: “The whole driver market is waiting for Toto’s driver to kick that off.

“As soon as Toto signs his contract that will cascade. It’s all down to Toto, really.

“I’m hoping at Silverstone he’ll finally get his finger out and sign a contract. He’s worth every penny!”

 Red Bull boss Christian Horner faces an anxious wait for Lewis Hamilton to sort out his future

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Red Bull boss Christian Horner faces an anxious wait for Lewis Hamilton to sort out his future

Hamilton — with £500,000-worth of new parts on his Mercedes plus a new engine — was again fastest in practice ahead of tomorrow’s Austrian Grand Prix.

The Brit leads the drivers’ championship by 14 points from Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel after last week’s win in France.

Hamilton, 33, said: “So far it’s been pretty straightforward.

“The car feels better in certain areas and it was already great last week — I’d like more of it please!”

 Hamilton was the fastest in practice in Austria as he bids to extend his lead at the top of the driver's championship

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Hamilton was the fastest in practice in Austria as he bids to extend his lead at the top of the driver's championship
 Hamilton is favourite to win Sunday's Grand Prix

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Hamilton is favourite to win Sunday's Grand Prix

Hamilton also launched another pop at boring F1 and the lack of overtaking opportunities.

He said: “Position on the grid is proving more and more crucial because it is harder for us to overtake.

“Here, they have gone from one, to two and now three DRS zones to try and make racing more exciting — because it hasn’t been.

“It highlights there are fundamental things that need to improve for the future.”

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McLaren’s dreadful season continued as Fernando Alonso was a massive two seconds slower than Hamilton.

The Woking-based team had to fend off claims of a staff revolt in protest at management and landed an £8,800 fine after Stoffel Vandoorne drove out of the garage — into the path of Vettel’s Ferrari.

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CHRISTIAN HORNER told Mercedes chief Toto Wolff to hurry up and get Lewis Hamilton to sign his new contract.