Lewis Hamilton has savaged reports his contract negotiations with Mercedes have hit difficulties, indicating that in reality, he hasn’t even begun discussions.

Taking to Instagram to clear the air in a now-deleted post, the six-time world champion suggested he had been the victim of the media “making up stories”.

“FYI Toto and I have not even spoken about contract yet. Nothing is being negotiated currently, papers making up stories,” the post read.

Entering the final year of his current contract with the Silver Arrows, Hamilton has delivered five driver’s and six constructor’s championships in his time with the team. Per those media reports, the Briton was believed to be looking for a four-to-five year contract, valued at $66 million per season — figures his current bosses in Stuttgart were reticent to commit to with the 35-year-old.

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