Mercedes Spokesperson Reportedly Denies Theories Surrounding Lewis Hamilton’s Contract Stalemate

Published 01/26/2021, 4:45 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – November 29, 2020 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Countless reports have given different reasons for the stalemate of Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes’ contract renewal. The reasons have ranged from money sought to the duration of the term. However, a team spokesperson allegedly clarified that it’s all untrue.

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According to a report, there is no reason for ending the dominating partnership between Hamilton and Mercedes. The spokesperson is certain that the Briton and Valtteri Bottas will continue to drive for Mercedes next season.

SHANGHAI, CHINA – APRIL 14: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of China at Shanghai International Circuit on April 14, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Any suggestion that Lewis won’t be with us this year is simply fake news. Plain and simple. There is no reason he and Valtteri won’t be driving our cars in 2021. You can consider it confirmed,” said the spokesperson as quoted by Formula1News.co.uk.

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All these conjectures on the negotiation saga are not without backing. Many team members, including Mercedes boss, Toto Wolff have talked about the delay in the contract. “The lawyers are working hard. Of course, we do not make their lives easy,” said Wolff.

Bernie Ecclestone, the Formula 1 CEO, also believes that the deal between Mercedes and Hamilton is far confirmed. He believes this is a strategy to gain more eyeballs on the team and the number 1 Formula 1 driver at the moment.

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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)

He said, “It is a paripe for people to talk about Hamilton and Mercedes throughout the winter.”

Mercedes had expressed earlier that they would like to confirm Hamilton’s contract by the end of 2020. The saga has now continued for another 4 weeks, and Wolff has clarified that an announcement is not imminent.

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What do you think? Could Mercedes be using Hamilton’s contract as a media strategy?

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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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