‘Lewis Hamilton Not Super Happy With Mercedes F1 Contract Negotiations’ – Brundle

Published 03/08/2021, 12:04 PM EST
Formula One, F1-Mercedes racer,Lewis Hamilton at Press Conference COURTESY: GETTY


One of the biggest talking points throughout this off-season was Mercedes’ contract negotiations with Lewis Hamilton. Both parties were not ready to bow down to the other in the standoff until they reached as somewhat of a compromise last month, which might not have left the Briton very happy.

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And former F1 driver and current Sky Sports Pundit, Martin Brundle, sensed it when he met him to record a few feature episodes that they will go to play all throughout the upcoming season.

ISTANBUL, TURKEY -Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates winning a 7th F1 World Drivers Championship in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Tolga Bozoglu – Pool/Getty Images)

Not only did his current agreement with Mercedes not satisfy him, but also the departure of his right-hand man, Marc Hynes, who looked after his business dealing, left him a ‘bit grumpy’.

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“A qualifying masterclass I wanted to do with him. He was very generous but a bit grumpy, actually,” said Brundle while previewing the season ahead.

“It’s interesting his right-hand man, Marc Hynes, is no longer working with him. And I sensed he possibly wasn’t super happy with the way the negotiations have worked out at Mercedes Benz.”

Lewis Hamilton is not downplaying the threat from other teams

Their conversation did not start off in the friendliest of notes either. Since Lewis sits on 98 poles as of now, Martin began talking to him about reaching the milestone of 100 poles within the upcoming 12 months.

This set of the Mercedes driver, who began mentioning the progress that the rival teams had made. Martin Brundle told the other panelists, Ted Kravitz, Karun Chandhok, and Rachel Brookes –

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“I did say to him,’ look you know you are going to burst through 100 poles at some point this year most likely’. He goes,’ Why? McLaren were a quarter of a second behind us in Abu Dhabi, now they have got our engine.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action as the race restarts Pool via REUTERS/Tolga Bozoglu

“What about Red Bull, maybe the high rate works? Don’t count out Ferrari and Aston Martin will be sort of strong’. So, he really challenged me quite hard.”

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Either he wasn’t underestimating the challenge from his rivals or he did not wish for others to take his success for granted. Other money is on the latter. Many have been questioning his true ability, especially since George Russell had his star turn in Bahrain. But he shouldn’t care too much what others have to say and focus on dominating his opponents.

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Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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