Lewis Hamilton contract: Mercedes happy with private tactic despite George Russell rumours

Lewis Hamilton compared to Schumacher by David Coulthard

Lewis Hamilton’s future with Mercedes remains uncertain. However, reports claim the Silver Arrows are confident of reaching an agreement and are happy to do so privately, without any pressure brought on by arbitrary deadlines. The Brit won a seventh F1 Drivers’ Championship in 2020, drawing level with the iconic Michael Schumacher.

Hamilton suggested at the end of the 2020 F1 season that he was going to stay with Mercedes, despite previously holding talks with Ferrari.

“It’s going to take a big push for us to continue to raise the bar in this organisation, because I think we’ve done such a great job over these past years,” he said.

“But I think the right people are in the right place, and it looks good.

“The future looks bright for this team I think.”

But he’s still yet to sign a new contract, with plenty written and said about the situation.

Express Sport understands Mercedes are confident of thrashing out an agreement with the 36-year-old – and they’ve also moved to downplay talks George Russell will replace his compatriot.

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Russell impressed at the Sakhir Grand Prix at a time where Hamilton was ruled out through coronavirus but a switch doesn’t seem on the cards at this stage.

And Crash.net claim that Mercedes are happy for the process to be undertaken in private, without any unnecessary pressure brought on by arbitrary deadlines.

At the current time of writing, the Brit is a free agent.

But it seems only a matter of time before this lengthy saga draws to a close and Hamilton ends up putting pen to paper on a new deal.

Express Sport also understands that claims Hamilton had four demands are untrue.

So we can expect to see the Brit racing with the Silver Arrows in 2021 and for a new deal to eventually be signed in the foreseeable future.

Meanwhile, former F1 star Jenson Button believes Hamilton is ‘definitely in the mix’ when it comes to being regarded as the greatest driver of all time.

“He’s definitely in the mix [for best ever],” Button told PlanetF1.

“Formula 1 is a very unusual sport. It is a team sport and that was proven when George Russell jumped in the Mercedes car.

“He is normally qualifying P15/P16 at Williams and then suddenly he is qualifying second to Valtteri Bottas and closer to what Lewis managed at the previous race when he was in the car.

“Then in the race, George gets past him and pulls away and was nine seconds ahead at one point. So it’s very difficult to judge the best driver because it is a full package thing.

“It’s car, it’s driver, it’s strategist, it’s making sure every mechanic is doing their job correctly, it’s pit stops, it’s a full team effort and that’s why I love Formula 1.

“But when you try and compare every driver and try and say is it more the car or driver, they are all pointless things because you can never answer that.

“But Lewis is definitely one of the best drivers that has ever driven in Formula 1.”

Button then added: “However you can’t compare him to Fangio or Senna, you can compare him to who he is racing against but then again he is in different equipment.

“But you can put him up there with Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel. When you look at Seb he had a really weird year but he has to be one of the greats. He won four back-to-back titles.

“It’s tricky but Lewis is definitely up there and, in terms of outright pace, he is probably the quickest over one lap. But a Grand Prix isn’t just one lap and so you have to throw a lot of great drivers into the mix.”

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