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Lewis Hamilton has hinted that a new Mercedes deal could be imminent as he appears to step up preparations ahead of the new season.
The Brit claimed a record equalling seventh world championship last year with the Silver Arrows.
His contract with the German team expired at the end of the season and both parties were relaxed regarding an extension.
Hamilton is keen to keep his £40m annual salary which has reportedly been an issue in negotiations.
Daimler will need to sign off on a new deal, but the 36-year-old said on Instagram that he had "many moving parts" going on in the background.
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Bahrain will host the 2021 season opener on March 28 with Hamilton seemingly stepping up his preparations with some altitude training.
He had been silent recently on Instagram but posted a video with an update that eluded to a new deal.
He said: “Hey World, I haven’t been on here for a while. I’m in the mountains training everyday, getting my mind and body right.
“I’m hiking to the top of the mountain every morning. 3 of those hikes I cross country ski once I get to the top which is at 3400m, killer.
The Brit offered an update on social media
“I love altitude training, there is less oxygen high up so working out is much harder than at sea level, just walking up the stairs you feel it at 2000m.
"Normally when I finish training here and return to sea level running is such a breeze.
“I’m trying to find the right balance in cardio and strength building. On top of that, lots of work ongoing in the background.
"Many moving parts but just checking in to let you know I’m doing good, I’m healthy and mentally strong right now in my bubble.
“I hope you are staying as positive as you can with all that is still going on. Keep your head up. I can’t wait to see you all again at some stage soon. Sending you love and light.”