The statements of the veteran British Formula 1 driver about his continuity within the German team in the near future
Lewis Hamilton, the acclaimed F1 driver, has recently clarified that any information about your new contract with Mercedes that it does not come directly from him is false. This statement comes amid protracted negotiations with Mercedes to extend the contract of the seven-time world champion. Hamilton’s contract renewal was originally expected to be announced during the winter break.
However, hamilton He has already competed in seven races of what is currently his last season under contract with Silver Arrows. There is widespread anticipation that a new deal will be struck, especially given the increase in W14 performance in Spain. However, questions remain as to why the negotiations have dragged on for so long.
Hamilton’s statements after the Spanish Grand Prix
After his second place in Barcelona, Hamilton said he would speak to the team principal. and Mercedes CEO Toto Wolff on Monday, but no announcement about a new contract has yet been made. To calm any speculation, Hamilton once again stated that any information that does not come from him directly is false.
Hamilton revealed in an interview: “We are working on renewing my contract. When we are in negotiations, there is always speculation. But I don’t even know where this story comes from. As long as they don’t hear it from me, it’s just speculation. And I repeat, we are working with Toto to finalize all this”.
Hamilton’s commitment to Mercedes
Hamilton has been with Mercedes since 2013 and is currently the second highest paid driver on the grid, with a salary of $55 million per season according to Forbes. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, meanwhile, has a sub-base salary of $40 million a year, but Red Bull offered $20 million in bonuses to make the Dutchman the highest-paid driver in the sport.
There were earlier claims that Hamilton wanted to include an ambassadorial role in his new contractbut Mercedes He quickly denied these rumors. So far, no clear reason has been provided as to why the negotiation of a new contract has taken so long. Thus Wolff, who has had to negotiate contracts with Hamilton five times before, said it was simply a matter of having a face-to-face meeting, something that would only take 30 minutes.