After the 2020 Formula 1 season, there was a lot of speculation on the contract extension between Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes. But despite the contract, it took multiple weeks for both the parties to come to a mutually agreeable conclusion.
Despite the extension, the biggest plot twist was that this was only a year long extension. According to former F1 driver David Coulthard, this was a major sign of instability in the team. He mentions how this particular contract was a proof for the lack of commitment on both sides.
“I think it’s possible. I think a one-year contract lacks commitment on both sides. You know, I get that you say, ‘well, let’s leave things open because new regulations coming in, you know fundamentally different cars and 2022’.”
Coulthard feels that both parties are not going to learn anything new about each other apart from what they already know.
In terms of relationship between Hamilton and Mercedes, he has been backed by Mercedes power ever since he start out at Formula 1.
In fact, he had been backed by Mercedes and McLaren even when he was karting.
“So I don’t see and buy into the fact that you might pop up at Ferrari or something like that,” he said.
“He’s not going to do a change of force like Michael (Schumacher) did going from Ferrari to Mercedes, so I think it just shows doubt in their minds which cannot be a good thing.”
Even though Coulthard feels that this could be the end of an era between Hamilton and Mercedes, Mark Webber feels that Hamilton has a future in F1 till at least 2024.
“Even Lewis at eight and a half out of 10 is still going to be dangerous; he’s driving brilliantly- so why not go a bit longer?
“You don’t have a great deal to lose in my opinion when you’re that amazing, and I still think he’s got more in him and you are retired a long time.”
Hamilton is a really good driver but he has been here a long time and we often forget how early he started.
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