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Hamilton was recently announced in the Queen's New Year's list which means he has the potential to become the 1st active F1 driver to be knighted.

Lewis Hamilton is still not signed for 2021.

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Hamilton has rejected an offer which could have seen him make 40 million euros a year with a 10 per cent bonus for winning the world championship. Reportedly, Hamilton has been looking at a long term 4-year contract and also is looking for more money.

 

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That is quite interesting re Hamilton and I am surprised.   For me, a shot at an 8th title would outweigh the desire for a long term contract, especially with 40 million Euros guaranteed.  Even without a contract he'll be able to stay in F1 for 4 more years anyway.  And I don't know if he is worth more money than that.  Merc can win the title without him.  On paper, the rule changes for next year don't look like they will have a significant impact on Mercedes performance.  Bottas took second in the championship and George Russell showed what he can do behind the wheel of a Merc.   

I wonder what Mercedes will do?   I would love to see Hamilton replaced (or Bottas by someone else who can challenge Lewis, ie George Russell).  I see him as the GOAT but we already know the outcome of him driving a Mercedes with Bottas as his teammate.  Time to switch things up.

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I think it’s all posturing by both sides right now. Hamilton is 36. Maybe he wants a piece of the company (or a bigger piece). I expect he’ll sign by the end of January or so.

But I don’t know, I’m just saying what I’ve read from other credible folks. Maybe they’ll settle on three years or something.

I agree it’s 90% the car and only about 10% the driver, which is really frustrating to me.

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On 1/7/2021 at 1:06 PM, iacas said:

I think it’s all posturing by both sides right now. Hamilton is 36. Maybe he wants a piece of the company (or a bigger piece). I expect he’ll sign by the end of January or so.

But I don’t know, I’m just saying what I’ve read from other credible folks. Maybe they’ll settle on three years or something.

I agree it’s 90% the car and only about 10% the driver, which is really frustrating to me.

I think you are underestimating the drivers a bit. Yes it helps he has the best car but there are plenty of drivers that wouldnt have the success he does in that Merc. In the end they will pay him closer to his terms than theirs i believe. Looking forward to an exciting season. 

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5 minutes ago, mclaren4life said:

I think you are underestimating the drivers a bit. Yes it helps he has the best car but there are plenty of drivers that wouldnt have the success he does in that Merc. In the end they will pay him closer to his terms than theirs i believe. Looking forward to an exciting season. 

I didn’t think I am. George went from zero points in his entire career to really having should have won the one race he did in a Merc. With only a few days to get used to it, the wrong sized cabin, a foreign wheel… etc.

I’ve asked others and they’ve said similar things. 80-95% is the car.

That’s part of what stinks about F1.

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The love affair between Netflix and F1 continues, as it has been revealed that the online streaming service is to produce an original film starring John Boyega and Robert De Niro. Yep, seriously. Although the casting is...

 

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