McLaren Managing Director Jonathon Neale claims that Lewis Hamilton is close to agreeing a new contract with the team.
The driver had been the subject of speculation linking him with a move, but most of that gossip has since given rise to rumours suggesting that the 27-year-old will put pen to paper on a deal that will keep him at McLaren for the 2013 season at least.
And director Neale has added fuel to those rumours by confirming that negotiations between the team and the driver are at an advanced stage, and indicating that a contract could be signed, sealed and delivered ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix at the beginning of September.
“We are closer and of course we are in dialogue. For obvious reasons I can't speculate more at the moment. We are working very hard to find a common ground,” said Neale.
Hamilton is currently reasonably well-placed in the drivers' standings, though he requires a positive result in Belgium in just over two weeks time to stand a realistic chance of overhauling Fernando Alonso.