Brundle Predicts “Friction” Between Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes Over “Odd” F1 Deal

Published 03/08/2021, 7:50 AM EST
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – Second placed Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP looks on in parc ferme during the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Former F1 driver and current commentator Martin Brundle believes that all is not well between Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes. Brundle expects the two parties, who had struggled to find common ground in Hamilton’s contract saga, to develop some sort of friction through the course of the 2021 campaign.

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Speaking to Sky Sports, Brundle reckoned that there will be a fallout from the contract negotiation saga. Both parties seemed to have a number of sticking points, and what was expected to be a smooth deal was anything but that.

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He said, “It’s odd that his (Hamilton’s) new deal was so late. It’s odd that it is only for one year. So whichever way you try and paint that or dress it up, it’s not optimum for Mercedes and Lewis going forward through this year.

“So I’m expecting, if I’m honest, a little bit of friction there.”

Perhaps this friction may be another stumbling block for Mercedes in what is shaping up to be one of their toughest campaigns yet. There is also the added expectation from Hamilton to ink a new deal for 2022 as early as the end of May.

However, Sky Sports’ Ted Kravitz doesn’t believe anything will stop Hamilton from bagging his eighth title.

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Ted waxed lyrical over Hamilton and said that his teammate Valtteri Bottas may have an impossible task on hand.

He stated, “Hamilton’s a machine. He’s an absolute consistency machine. And that’s Valtteri’s problem. Sometimes he’d turn up, and you’d see his mind wasn’t really on it, and he’d have an off weekend by his own admission.

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MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – Top three finishers Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP, Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari and Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Mercedes GP stand on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco at Circuit de Monaco in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

“Hamilton is a machine and stopping that with a record-breaking 8th championship on the horizon, surely that’s too much to ask from Bottas.”

This season will certainly be a make-or-break situation for the Finn who is doing some intensive mental training. With Russell waiting to jump into the cockpit of the Mercedes and take on Hamilton, Valtteri has scarcely any room for error.

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Will the nine-time Grand Prix winner pull a Nico Rosberg and dethrone the serial winner? Or will he fall short, as he often has in previous seasons? Only time will tell.

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Ronan Carvalho

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Ronan Carvalho is senior F1 author for Essentiallysports. Ronan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from St. Xavier's College.

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