Lewis Hamilton Not Fearing Next Mercedes F1 Talks: “I’ve Been in This Position”

Published 03/09/2021, 4:58 AM EST
2018 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX (13 September 2018) – Zone 1 – Paddock Club – Drivers’ Autograph Session Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton Singapore Grand Prix via Reuters Plus


Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton signed a one-year contract in the offseason, which puts him on the team for the 2021 season. The Brit thinks that his extension will not be a cause for distraction.

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His previous contract had expired at the end of the 2020 season. This led to swirling speculation regarding his future with Mercedes and F1 in general. The contract negotiations were fraught with many twists and turns and were finally agreed upon by both sides in early February 2021.

But this short-term deal has led to whispers that could there could be a repeat in 2021. Hamilton, however, has dispelled it in an interview.

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Lewis Hamilton will not be distracted by contract negotiations

In an interview, the Brit was very cool about his future contract. “Time will tell, I guess. It’s not like it’s my first rodeo.”

He believes in his own ability and is confident that things will work out.

The Brit said, “I think I’ve been in this position where at least I’ve been asked the question for a period of time. I don’t really feel pressured in that sense. Naturally, I continue to have huge belief in and always bet on myself in terms of, I know what it takes to deliver.”

FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay/File Photo

He’s confident his strong relationship with Mercedes will help.

“I think I have an extraordinary relationship with Mercedes that’s incredibly deep and I think there’s more than just racing that we will probably end up doing together. As you’ve already seen, with this foundation, there are a lot of great things that we will do moving forwards.”

The 36-year-old is fully committed to the cause and confirmed it saying, “I’m fully invested in this season and in delivering. I still love what I do. I’m just generally in a fortunate position that I don’t have to commit to multiple years. So, I chose to have a one-year deal so that I could see how the year goes.”

Will Lewis Hamilton extend beyond 2021?

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The British driver should look to end his F1 chapter with a bang by winning his eighth title in 2021. He’s already 36-year-old and may not be able to withstand the rigors of driving in F1 in the future.

FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the race and the world championship Pool via REUTERS/Clive Mason/Pool/File Photo

The Brit will also be wanting to devote his full time and effort to his social justice initiatives. This combined with the introduction of the new regulations for 2022 could push him not to extend. He also doesn’t have anything more to prove.

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So, F1 fans should look to savor this last season of Hamilton and see a true legend drive for potentially the last time.

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Ashish Thomas

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Ashish Thomas is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having followed motorsports since age 5, Ashish holds an enviable knowledge of F1 history. Ashish holds extensive experience in sports writing, having previously worked for SportsQuest and Fansided.

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