Former F1 Driver Explains Why Mercedes Cannot Give Lewis Hamilton a High Salary

Published 01/30/2021, 7:41 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium with team principle Toto Wolff after winning the race and the world championship Pool via REUTERS/Clive Mason


Toto Wolff had stated that Mercedes would confirm the Lewis Hamilton contract by Christmas last year. However, it’s been over a month since Christmas, and there is still no final news on the negotiations. A former F1 driver gave his opinion on the Mercedes-Hamilton negotiation saga, explaining why the Briton’s salary ask is an issue for the Brackley team.

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Jan Lammers believes that as the days keep counting down, possibilities of the partnership falling out get higher. The former F1 driver gave his reasons for why the negotiations are at a stalemate.

He said, “It could be that Hamilton is overestimating his market value and underestimating the situation in the world.”

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BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

“Meanwhile, I think Mercedes is limited in what one can offer Hamilton morally. Because how can one justify it to the staff and the management that he is? continues to receive his million salary, while people elsewhere in the company have to lay off people? “

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Lammers explained, “I don’t think Mercedes expected Russell to do so well. But now that it does, it would be foolish for Mercedes not to use it against Hamilton in the contract negotiations. And we all know one thing for sure and that is that team boss Toto Wolff is not stupid.”

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SUZUKA, JAPAN – OCTOBER 13: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP prepares to drive on the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Japan at Suzuka Circuit on October 13, 2019 in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

The former driver also explained that Hamilton needs to be cautious and not go too far with his demands.

If the partnership falls out, Lammers believes Mercedes will make a powerful statement stating their loyalty lies with their customers and employees, not one athlete. Meanwhile, Hamilton will lose the chance to go for that record-breaking title win.

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A final announcement could take up to pre-season. And the chances of Mercedes yielding are much lower than Hamilton yielding.

Who do you think will compromise to make the contract work?

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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