Jan.8 - Mercedes has hit out at what it calls the "pure fiction" of rumours swirling around the future of Lewis Hamilton.

The seven time world champion has kicked off 2021 without a contract, amid speculation Mercedes is balking at his demands for a EUR 40 million salary, a $3m AMG-One hypercar, and a 10 percent share in the team's title bonuses.

A Mercedes source calls those reports "pure fiction", while a spokesman said there are "no reasons to be concerned" about the team's 2021 lineup.

Indeed, the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera claims that new team co-owner Ineos, headed by billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe, is prepared to make up the difference between Hamilton's demands and what Mercedes is willing to pay.

In turn, Hamilton would be expected to appear in some of the forthcoming marketing campaigns of Ineos, a British multinational chemicals company which now owns a third of the title-winning team.


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14 F1 Fan comments on “Mercedes says Hamilton contract rumours are 'pure fiction'

  1. David Larison

    If you have money to throw away give Hamilton what he wants. If you just want to win a championship pay George Russell Lunch Money, he will be happy to win races for you. David

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  2. B Nicholson

    Get real LH. You're NOT the greatest. George kicked you right in the b***s and that's why you had to get back for Bahrain, before he did it again. The car's a champion ( including the PINK one, not you. Go into your pathetic political mode and GET OUT of F1

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  3. Iain

    Have to agree GR proved that LH is a good driver but not necessarily the greatest on the otherhand the car is unquestionably the best we have seen for a long time

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  4. Chris

    As an F1 super-fan for over 50 years I am getting really fed up with all this Lewis bashing. I have followed LH's career since his karting days and no that the hope he inspires in other young people who have their dreams squashed so they no longer dare to aspire is so refreshing. LH with his family made many sacrifices in his difficult early days of constantly finding time, effort and money to get to where he is at the top of his game. How sure are you that he does not use his power and money for good. Sadly I am beginning to think that all this Lewis knocking contains an element of green eyed racism. Our country has a brilliant sportsman we can be proud of. Leave him alone and turn your energy to something positive like he has done. E.G. did you read the 38 degrees petition about homes for the homeless.

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  5. Iain Dale

    I admire Lewis Hamilton for where he has come from and the sacrifices his family must have made to allow him to pursue his passion. However, he has been blessed with a phenomenal car, as was born out by a rookie driver taking a drive in it, probably any of the top 10 drivers would have similar results. The one thing I wish is that he would leave politics out of it. I accept lives matter, but all lives matter - if one starts to say that is a racial slant then likewise to identify a group (black lives) is also a racial slant. We need to get away from names eg "African American" - surely you are either African (born in Africa - as am I and I'm white) or you are an American born there or nationalized. Lets all work towards a oneness

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  6. shroppyfly

    hes already in ineos adverts on uk, so whats the big deal , like many others im just bored of the LH roadshow and to those who think its just gree eyed stuff, , with past wdc we never had the internet to say what we thought ok except mayb for sv time but all prior to that we just had to suck up the b sh.it they spouted, now at least we can give our unqualified worthless opinion and be challenged on it, personally im with the GR camp, hed be as good for the company as Hammy, but heh what do i know, but another year or three of LH saying how blessed he is grrrr

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  7. shroppyfly

    So they brought ineos in to help pay his salary, well...... its a thought isnt it after all the man thinks re making LR defenders in france , calling them bombardiers and changing 100K is going to be a winner lol

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