Lewis Hamilton’s mercedeses contract expires this year, but despite being able to pull in with the team at the end of the season for a sixth, seventh world title, previously considered Michael Schumacher’s untouchable record, he is still not negotiating an extension.
Team boss Toto Wolff explains this earlier in the year, with Austria initially raising winter rest, then testing, absence due to the epidemic, and in recent months, seasonal density as an excuse, although it increasingly feels like it can’t be dragged on indefinitely. thing.
“The races are deburring one after the other, we don’t want the contract negotiation to distract us. On longer breaks, we’ll get closer to closing, but I don’t know when there will be an announcement. We haven’t looked at the contract in the last three years, we haven’t even taken it out of the account. Certain circumstances are changing, the environment is changing, so when it comes to another period, things have to be discussed, ”he explained to British Channel 4.
“But it still has to be during the season. We can’t start the new year without knowing our racing lineup. But I’m really sure we’ll continue together. The season is simply so intense that we couldn’t dedicate a day to it, because we have to relax and recharge. ”
“We’re not forcing anything, someday we’ll say okay, sit down, take out the old contract we didn’t even look at three years ago, and see what we want to change in it,” he continued.
Since there is no seriously acceptable F1 alternative, it is strange that Hamilton is dragging and postponing the extension. Three scenarios are possible: 1) bargaining is already going on informally, the “problem” is the difference between the demand for payment and the offer of Mercedes, which is forced to send thousands of workers; 2) until the future of Wolff mercis – possibly ownership of the team – is clarified, Hamilton does not want to commit either; 3) the 35-year-old Englishman wants to leave open the possibility of retiring as a seven-time world champion at the end of the year.