F1: Lewis Hamilton goes for a seaside run
Lewis Hamilton turned 36 yesterday and he will be hoping to get his Mercedes contract situation resolved soon. The seven-time world champion spent his birthday as a free agent after his deal with the Silver Arrows came to an end last week.
When last season reached its conclusion, Hamilton spent time with the Mercedes team celebrating in Dubai.
He made it clear after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that he wanted his contract resolved before Christmas.
The situation does not look like being resolved anytime soon though, with Mercedes completed at ease with the situation.
Meanwhile, Hamilton is enjoying some rest while rumours swirl about his reported salary and contract demands.
Here’s the latest on Hamilton’s new Mercedes deal…
Mercedes salary unrest
Mercedes chief Ola Kallenius is said to be ‘baffled’ over Hamilton’s salary demands.
GPblog.com claim the Silver Arrows bigwig ‘cannot underhand’ why the 36-year-old is hoping for the same contract as last year, amid talks over an extension.
The German manufacturer have had to make significant financial cuts in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.
For that reason the chairman of Daimler’s board of directors is expecting Hamilton to follow suit.
The Race claim that Hamilton wants to stay with Mercedes and a deal should be agreed ‘significantly before testing starts’.
At the end of last season, Hamilton made it clear he wanted the extension wrapped up by Christmas.
That hasn’t happened and now the Mercedes star is technically a free agent.
He remains relaxed on the situation though and is not forecasting a dramatic turn of events.
Mercedes stance on rumours
Express Sport understand that Mercedes are relaxed on the speculation regarding Hamilton’s future.
A Silver Arrows source claims the rumours are “wild”, which would suggest the situation is firmly under control.
The F1 champions remain confident they can strike a deal before pre-season testing gets underway at the start of March.
Mercedes chief Toto Wolff has always been clear that there is no rush to get the contract over the line following a manic season.
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