‘Major Sticking Points’ – Former McLaren F1 Mechanic Believes Lewis Hamilton & Mercedes Are in a Standoff

Published 01/16/2021, 7:20 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton wears a Black Lives Matter face mask after qualifying in third position Pool via REUTERS/Kamran Jebreili


Lewis Hamilton and the situation about his new contract continue to hog the headlines in the world of F1. The seven-time world champion is still without a drive at the moment, and a deal that was supposed to be signed ages ago has had some obstacles crop up in recent times.

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Mercedes and the Briton are struggling to see eye to eye at the moment. The Silver Arrows believe Hamilton’s demands to be too excessive, and Hamilton, on his part, doesn’t seem to be willing to budge. So, the whole situation is at a bit of a standstill at the moment.

With the negotiations kept as private as possible, the former mechanic at McLaren, Marc Priestley, believes that the end result will be just what everyone expects. However, the obstacles are proving a bit difficult to maneuver around at the moment.

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Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after qualifying in pole position Pool via REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Priestley said, “I still don’t think it’s panic situation at Mercedes or for Lewis Hamilton. I fully still expect him to be in the car by the first race.

“But there’s definitely some major sticking points. I’m not one of these people who buys into internet rumors about somebody claiming to know that he wants an extra couple of zeroes on the end of his salary or he wants a free car. How on Earth does somebody know that? These are private negotiations.”

Priestley thinks Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes would eventually come to a resolution

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the race on the podium with the trophy Pool via REUTERS/Andrew Boyers

Both parties may have to come to an even ground. At the moment, renewing the partnership for another year seems to be the most likely outcome in the eyes of Priestley. After all, both entities know that their respective missions cannot be accomplished without the other.

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Priestley said, “I full expect that to come to a successful conclusion. But it is definitely interesting that there are clearly some major sticking points that they finding a tough challenge to overcome. However, I do think they’ll overcome them.”

Exactly when this resolution will be reached, nobody knows. However, with the pre-season tests only two months away, they may want to speed up the process.

Interestingly, Lewis’ father has said that his son will continue racing this year. That would suggest a deal with Mercedes would have to be struck since they are the only team with a seat to offer him in F1. Unless Hamilton has other plans up his sleeve.

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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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