Reigning Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton is making Mercedes sweat for a further contract extension. The star has now revealed that freedom will be the key demand during contract negotiations. Hamilton’s contract with Mercedes expires at the end of the 2020 season.
After his testing in Barcelona, Spain, Lewis Hamilton has spoken about life beyond his £40-million-a-year contract. The Briton claims that he has is yet to have a word over his contract. He asserted that he knows that Toto Wolff, the team principal is keen on negotiating with him but right now, he is focusing on fitness issues. He further claimed that he did not want to get bogged down by contract rumours at this stage.
It is reported that a Lewis Hamilton Mercedes contract extension or a move to Ferrari would be worth atleast £60 million a year for the champion driver. Lewis Hamilton is obliged to do only a small number of media duties. However, with the latest Lewis Hamilton net worth figures being estimated at $285 million, he has the freedom to pursue outside interests, such as designing clothes exclusively alongside Tommy Hilfiger.
After his winter training, Lewis Hamilton looks relaxed. He said that people talk about freedom as though it was a bad thing, but it was not the case. He further exclaimed that Mercedes have allowed him to be who he wants to be. Mercedes does not restrict him from speaking his mind out.
Lewis Hamilton lashed out at his critics as well. He stated that many people questioned him, but the results in the past two years have been in favour of him. He further claimed that he was now trying to figure out the plan for the next 5-10 years.
Lewis Hamilton was quizzed on the negotiation process. He revealed that during the previous contract talks, he and Wolff just sat on the couch for the talks. However, he claimed that the negotiations went on for 8 to 10 hours.