WHEN Lewis Hamilton awoke on the gorgeous and secluded Caribbean Islands of Turks and Caicos this morning to have a good time his thirty sixth birthday, it’s most likely truthful to imagine being unemployed didn’t register.
However the actuality is that F1‘s present world champion is out of labor after his contract with Mercedes expired on December 31.
Lewis Hamilton remains to be with out a contract to race in F1 subsequent seasonCredit score: Reuters
Hamilton has all the time maintained his want was to stick with the Silver Arrows, and whereas he stated he was in no rush to type negotiations out over a brand new deal – expected to be worth £40million a year – the fact is now he’s not being paid in any respect.
Initially he stated the time was not proper to be speaking a few new, profitable contract in the course of a pandemic when folks had been dropping their jobs.
He then adopted a unique motive, saying he needed to concentrate on successful the title earlier than discussing his contract.
Once more, that is comprehensible.
Then, as soon as he’d received title No7, he insisted there was nonetheless no rush and that ideally it will be signed earlier than Christmas. Properly, clearly that deadline has additionally handed.
Sure, it’s all slightly unusual provided that F1 contracts for in demand drivers are usually sorted early within the season.
Check out Hamilton’s teammate, Valtteri Bottas, who signed his £8million one-year contract last August.
It could be a ‘no brainer’ as Merc’s Head of Motorsport, Toto Wolff retains saying, that Hamilton will re-sign with the staff.
On December 18, Wolff and Hamilton confirmed that the intense talks had not began but, nonetheless, till it’s finished, there may be all the time a priority he may go elsewhere or give up.
At this level there isn’t a motive to suspect that Hamilton will stroll away and refuse to signal, however there’s a rising feeling that one thing shouldn’t be fairly proper over what ought to have been a reasonably normal renewal.
The final deal took a ten-hour dialogue between Wolff and Hamilton within the Brit’s kitchen and concluded with a pizza, however this time it’s rumbling on.
Within the meantime, Mercedes will proceed to develop their automobile for 2021 primarily based on the presumption that Hamilton will likely be driving it, however the lack of a contract in place has began some wild rumours that Merc say are ‘pure fiction’.
Studies in Italy advised there have been three sticking factors.
One, the wage of the contract. Two, that Hamilton needed a share of the staff’s prize cash on prime. And three, a freebie AMG One hypercar.
For the meantime, Mercedes say they don’t seem to be frightened about Hamilton’s lack of signature, in spite of everything, the place else would he go – apart from retire?
A spokesperson instructed SunSport: “There aren’t any causes to be involved”, rightly stating that 2020 was vastly completely different from a standard F1 season.
So whereas Hamilton relaxes on the seashore with sand between his toes, at Merc’s Brackley HQ there may be additionally no present of any panic.