16-01-2021 19:25 - edited 16-01-2021 19:27
No point. I won't be saying any more. It's all been said.
I just get annoyed that folk start talking trash about 'his ego'.He actually SHOULD have an ego considering all he has done for Mercedes (notwithstanding the fact they have given him a race winning car which he helped develop)
The sponsorship he brings to Mercedes would pay his salary 5 times over.
Throughout his journey to the top, he has remained quite humble in my opinion.
Roll on March and Bahrain, whether Hamilton is in the Merc or not.
on 16-01-2021 19:26
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on 16-01-2021 20:00
Love your passion Den
Ah well some people love football and don't call Messi egotistical when he earns 104 mill a year for kicking a ball about.
I love F1 and wouldn't call LH egostistical if he is asking for 40 mill a year for driving a car at 200kph for our entertainment.
All a matter of perspective really.
16-01-2021 21:19 - edited 16-01-2021 21:38
@Cleoriffjust because I don’t post links doesn’t mean I’m discourteous or make my posts irrelevant.
I’ve posted several other comments without links and you’ve never taken umbrage until now.. because he’s your poster boy.
Eddie Jordan not relevant to Motorsport? Now I know it's because someone is attacking your boy.
and as for Ola K being removed, means he was there up to a certain point and would know something about it..
Is it any more relevant now because I've posted links? Nope, just the same as before.
(oh as for the money paid to these people(no matter what sport) , it's all obscene.
edit (500th time because this Moto G Keeps crashing Chrome)
you said it yourself, he wants a slice of the action if they win the constructors. He's a driver and that's what he's paid for..
so im not sure which bit of the bold text is presumptious
on 16-01-2021 21:42
Oh I see. The Daily (Hate Hamilton) Express. That fount of all F1 knowledge.
They have been posting click bait articles for two weeks now.
Re Eddie Jordan....what I actually said was....
"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?)"
Lewis Hamilton is not my poster boy. He is my favourite F1 driver of this current era.
My poster boy of F1 is/was Ayrton Senna.
As I said, if Hamilton isn't racing next year, I will be sad but won't stop me watching F1. I've been following the sport for 50 years and don't intend to stop anytime soon.
on 17-01-2021 08:35
As for Eddie Jordan, you’re so right he probably hasn’t been sat in on the talks, but then again neither have you or me.. does that make our opinions irrelevant too? Of course it doesn’t. But Eddie probably has more of an ear to the situation that two random bods on a forum.
I apologise, Ayrton Senna is your poster boy, not Lewis Hamilton.
on 17-01-2021 13:54
I missed this.
I'm entitled to prefer certain sources to others when it comes to F1 reporting @Anonymous
I prefer Motorsport, Autosport, F1:70 GP Fans and other F1 sources of repute.
Rags like Essentially Sports are usually written by students studying F1.
The reason I don't like the Express or Mail is because they are in the habit of creating headlines with little or no substance. Clickbait articles.
The Express online has gone to town on the Hamilton contract discussions. Often repeated, rehashed or quoted from 'a source'.
Today alone they have printed 2 articles about the contract.
Over the last 3 days we have had these.
According to them Eddie Jordan was alleged to have said, they should use the Ayrton Senna tactics on him. ie 'So he died, what a shame, there are plenty of other drivers out there to take his place'.
I don't think Eddie Jordan has any more information than anyone else. He was probably asked for his 'thoughts' and said what he felt.
There is obviously some sticking point in these negotiations. Is it money? Is it length of contract? Is it his support for BLM? Is it something else? Do they want George Russell and using him as a bargaining tool? Who knows?...but while we wait, the Express will keep printing articles just to make sure we don't forget Hamilton has yet to sign a contract!
However, Toto has said on the Mercedes AMG site, the rumours are untrue and the contract 'could be negotiated up until the end of February'.
As I said previously, I will be sad to see Hamilton go but still look forward to the first race in Bahrain, with or without him.
18-01-2021 15:55 - edited 18-01-2021 15:58
You’re entitled to whatever you want, but that doesn’t mean you’re always going to get it. This was also reported on F1-insider too.
I think you’ll find it wasn’t Eddie Jordan who said that ‘life goes on’ after Senna died, it was Bernie Ecclestone
He was shocked and sad like everyone else, he was the first to regain his composure and said to us ‘now stop whining – everyone is replaceable’.
It’s always sad someone leaves/retires from their game, but just as there was with Fangio, Lauda, Senna, Schumacher there’ll always be another great. (None of those were my greats just names I picked from a cast of tens of)
on 18-01-2021 18:48
Yes, I know it was Ecclestone who said that about Senna initially.
It was Jordan who repeated it in his comments this week when he said he would kick Hamilton out.
It has also appeared in other more reputable F1 sources, so I'm in no doubt he said it.
He also said I'm on the phone frequently to Ecclestone, so I have a good idea of what's going on.
Not aware that Ecclestone is privy to what's happening with contract negotiations either.
There are also others who think the contract is signed. Just not announced.
I've reached the point now where I am past caring to be honest. If he's re-signed we will know when it's officially announced by Mercedes.
Their social media team is simply posting (on a daily basis) images from last year about LH and VB.
Of course there will be another great. It will take them a long time to beat the most successful F1 driver of all time and I won't be around to see it.
on 18-01-2021 21:13
Statement posted today, from Toto Wolff regarding Russell.
While some believed Russell had done enough to justify a seat with Mercedes immediately, Wolff is more cautious about things – and believes another year at Williams will be important for the youngster.
"Winning Formula 1 championships is about making the least amount of mistakes. And that only comes with routine and experience.
Mercedes expects these kind of sustainable performance levels. And that's why you need to give young drivers time.
That's why making experiences like in Imola, when he crashed behind the safety car and the learnings from that, are very important to form a driver that can perform at a sustainable high level."