Formula 1

Ecclestone Not Buying Any Perceived Drama in Hamilton’s F1 Contract Talks

  • Lewis Hamilton has yet to sign a contract to drive for Mercedes for the 2021 Formula 1 season.
  • Hamilton has been with Mercedes since 2013 and has won six championships in the past seven seasons.
  • Mercedes has won the past seven Formula 1 Constructors’ Championship.

    Any drama surrounding Lewis Hamilton’s 2021 Formula 1 contract with the seven-time defending champion Mercedes F1 team is all show.

    So believes former F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone, who questions the motivation behind printing any rumors of difficult negotiations between Hamilton and Mercedes.

    “Apparently they disagree on the terms,” former F1 team boss Eddie Jordan told Auto Bild, saying that one of his regular sources is in fact Ecclestone himself. “I have heard that Lewis wants more (money) than Mercedes is willing to pay, and it’s also about sharing the team’s income and playing an influential role in the Mercedes group.

    “If I was the boss of Daimler, I would show him the door and say ‘either you drive on our terms or you go’.”

    Jordan said that when Ayrton Senna died in 1994, Ecclestone told the teams to “Stop whining. Everybody is replaceable.

    “Lewis should know that by now,” Jordan said.

    Ecclestone is not buying any drama that Hamilton, Mercedes or even Formula 1 are manufacturing as the F1 world waits for Hamilton and the team to announce a deal sometime between now and opening day on March 28 in Bahrain.

    “It’s all just for show,” the 90-year-old Ecclestone said when asked about Hamilton’s contract dramas. “It’s so that Lewis in particular stays in the headlines during these dreary weeks.”

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