Lewis Hamilton Reportedly Willing to Accept Paycut in New Mercedes Contract

Published 06/10/2021, 4:14 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 5, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after qualifying with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc seen in the background REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov


F1 has almost arrived at the point where the drivers are yearning to secure their futures in the sport with their respective teams. And the scenario is no different with Mercedes and their long-term trusted driver, Lewis Hamilton, who is showing no signs of hanging his boots at the age of 36.

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Moreover, the Briton is looking quite adamant at cherishing his blistering form in F1 at the moment. Hence, the chances of Mercedes bidding adieu to the 7-time world champion by the end of the ongoing season are quite bleak.

So, how are the contract talks panning out at the moment? Well, according to reports, Hamilton put forth his set of demands for 2022.

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Apparently, the Mercedes driver is open to receiving a much lower salary compared to 2021. However, there seems to be a twist in the tale.

Demands by Lewis Hamilton

According to Motorsport, Hamilton has obliged to receiving a comparatively low salary over the upcoming season. However, the Briton is keen on tweaking his title bonus by doubling the amount of what Mercedes are offering at the moment.

Bottom-line, if Hamilton secures yet another title with Mercedes in 2021, there is a high possibility that his salary could shoot up and possibly even equal the numbers he is gaining over this season.

Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during practice REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

And this bond is likely to run until the end of 2022, with the option of extending the deal further into 2023 as well. However, it looks like Mercedes are yet to evaluate Hamilton’s demands, which could happen by as early as next week.

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Deadline over contract talks inching closer

As of now, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has considered June 15th as the deadline to resolve the contract with Hamilton. This clearly shows the team’s desperation to avoid what happened over last season’s contract negotiations.

However, apart from salary, there is another box for Mercedes to tick. Reports have claimed that Hamilton is seeking a role in the structure of Daimler following his retirement from F1.

Overall, the talks have proceeded quite smoothly so far between the two entities, and an official announcement is around the corner. But, the likelihood of the talks going in Hamilton’s favor is significantly high. Why, you might ask?

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Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Gabriel Bouys

Unlike the past, Mercedes have fallen under immense pressure from Red Bull this season, which could well extend into 2022 as well.

Hence, the Stuttgart outfit is in dire need of an experienced driver like Hamilton to halt their rivals’ dominant run. So, will Mercedes manage to rope in Hamilton for the 10th consecutive season? Well, we’ll know soon enough.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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