on 16-01-2021 13:14
As no-one knows anything of the contract negotiations, I think that's a pretty strong statement to make.
I have never seen any sign of over inflated ego with LH.
Toto and Mercedes have said all the rumours flying around regarding anything to do with the contract are just that. Rumours. No-one invites the press to sit in on contract discussions.
If I was to make a guess it's probably contract length which is the sticking point.
I haven't heard he is asking for any more than the 40 mill he was on for the last 3 years.
I just want to put this out here. No-one said one word when Vettel was on 60mill at Ferrari in 2018. Alonso on 40 mill at McLaren before he retired. No-one moaned and those two did sweet FA for the team.
On the other hand LH brings 200 million to Mercedes in sponsorship and prize money.
When he joined the team, Merc stock was worth xx millions. Now it's worth xx billions.
It's been said 'anyone can win in that car'. Certainly can, although Bottas has failed to beat LH in 3 years. As Danny Ricciardo said, 'yes we might win, but could we do it with consistency and supreme skill over a year. I doubt it, that's why Lewis has won 11 out of the 17 races last season'.
Just to add, LH isn't among the top 20 highest paid sportspeople in the world. Federer leads the list, followed by Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar. The rest of the list is made up of UK basketball players.
So apparently, if you bat, kick or throw a ball you are worth more than a F1 driver who races at 200kph for our entertainment.
16-01-2021 15:24 - edited 16-01-2021 15:32
Ola K of Mercedes stating it's about money.. and if that is true, coming from the guy who voted for wage caps in 2022 is a bit of a p#£& take. And now you've got Eddie Jordan telling us what he knows.
So yes if it's about money and how much 'he' thinks he's worth then it's 'ego' nothing more.
Without looking back on the thread you mentioned something about a slice of the winning.. was that not about money?
Its all a bunch of refried cow pies. Hamilton is a driver, a good driver but a driver. An employee who now believes he should own part of his employers company. His employer compensates him extremely well for being an outstanding driver. Lets remember that his job description is to negotiate a track with a car. Included in that is being responsible for maintaining an acceptable relationship with his fans. but that is being hampered by his ego and self centered attitude
I saw this and thought yeah.. I could've typed that and felt good about putting it out there
on 16-01-2021 15:42
16-01-2021 18:27 - edited 16-01-2021 18:34
Ola Kallenius was removed from the negotiating talks 2 weeks ago. After he made the comment that Hamilton should have an all black team on his side of the paddock.
If Hamilton doesn't race next year, I will still watch F1, as it's the sport I love, not just because Hamilton is in it.
As for Eddie Jordan, when did he suddenly become relevant? Never has been for years.
(Or has he been sitting in on the contract talks as well?)
I have no doubt that Kallenius thinks they could get someone cheaper, like George Russell. The guy who came 9th on the easiest track on the calendar. Even though they cocked up the pitstop, they didn't give him the puncture. Wouldn't have happened had Hamilton had been racing. He would have refused the pitstop, said my tyres are fine and raced to the win.
As for your comment written in heavy black....well totally presumptious really. He has brought Mercedes 6 world championships. They were nothing when he went there. 5th in the WCC. They won the constructors the year after he joined. If Hamilton has lost fans, it's more to do with his fight to end racism and encourage diversity in the sport he loves.
If you are going to make statements @AngryOldGuy then please have the courtesy to include links. It helps make your comments relevant.
16-01-2021 18:59 - edited 16-01-2021 19:00
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