Lewis Hamilton is formally at the moment unemployed, his earlier contract expired with Mercedes on 31 December, and a brand new one has nonetheless not been signed by the events. In keeping with the Italian press, there’s a severe tug of warfare within the background: Hamilton desires lots and Mercedes desires to provide much less.

Hamilton was reportedly supplied a wage of forty million euros a yr plus a ten % bonus for successful the championship, however the seven-time champion mentioned no. Earlier information was that Hamilton wished a four-year contract, whereas Daimler solely wished to commit to 2 years – maybe that’s the rationale for the monetary battle.

It’s wilder hypothesis that Hamilton additionally desires a severe position at Mercedes himself, desirous to be concerned in campaigns, together with the battle towards racism and the promotion of electrical automobiles.

Daimler president Ola Källenius has additionally reportedly put the prospect of changing George Russell in his place if Hamilton may be very cussed. Don’t guess anybody a giant guess on that, however as the times go by, it would turn into more and more suspicious that Hamilton nonetheless doesn’t have a brand new contract.

The bookmakers are already relying on the likelihood that Hamilton could also be left with out a contract: at bwin, he can solely guess on Russell’s league title with a odds of 34, whereas Williamses ’teammate Nicolas Latifi has a odds of 1,501.