Lewis Hamilton contract: Mercedes conflict involving Toto Wolff could spark Ferrari switch

Lewis Hamilton compared to Schumacher by David Coulthard

Lewis Hamilton is still yet to sign a new contract with Mercedes. The Brit was in sensational form in 2020, winning the F1 Drivers’ Championship for a seventh time to draw level with the legendary Michael Schumacher. Express Sport looks at all the latest Hamilton news with his 2021 drive not yet confirmed.

Conflict at Mercedes

It was reported by The National in December that there’s conflict currently inside Mercedes.

Their claim was that Toto Wolff and new Daimler Benz boss Ola Kallenius ‘do not have the best of relationships’ with each other.

Wolff, of course, wants Hamilton to stay. He’s said this both privately and publicly, knowing the Brit is a jewel who must be kept at all costs.

But Kallenius wants to cut costs.

The Silver Arrows are axing thousands of jobs and they’re investing a huge £3billion to make sure they have 130 different elector vehicles ready for 2030.

And with money being put aside for pollution lawsuits, Mercedes aren’t agreed on a massive Hamilton contract across the board.

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Ferrari switch?

The Evening Standard claimed in December that Hamilton had held talks with Ferrari.

He grew up idolising Schumacher and the prospect of following in the footsteps of his icon could be too good to turn down.

Mercedes, anyways, have their sights set on George Russell.

So it’s feasible Hamilton could decide to switch teams, especially with his current team being unwilling to break the bank to keep hold of him, although the Scuderia’s 2021 line-up is already confirmed with Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz driving for them.

Daimler have attitude concerns

Daimler reportedly have concerns over Hamilton’s attitude and whether he should be given a lengthy new contract.

Motorsport.com’s Italian branch reports that the Silver Arrows’ co-owners are not happy with the Brit’s temperament.

Their board of directors are apparently keen to go ahead with offering Williams ace George Russell the position.

Russell stepped in for Hamilton at the Sakhir Grand Prix and would have won the race had it not been for a horrific double-stacked pit stop and late puncture.

Daimler president Ola Kallenius has given Wolff a mandate to close the deal as soon as possible, but with a series of constraints.

What Wolff recently said about Hamilton

Wolff recently admitted Mercedes must secure Hamilton’s future – but weren’t worried about the situation.

“We are not worried about eventually getting it done,” said Wolff.

“We are not putting a special date to it because we don’t want to be under pressure.

“Sooner or later it needs to be done and at the latest before we go testing.”

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