“MERZARIO THINKS HAMILTON DOESN’T WANT A TEAM-MATE LIKE THE 22-YEAR-OLD.”
There has been speculation throughout since the end of the 2020 formula 1 season that Russell’s strong performances might be a factor Mercedes could bring into its contract negotiations with Hamilton – particularly if it wanted to bring Hamilton’s asking price down by demonstrating it has alternatives.
Lewis Hamilton is yet to sign a new Mercedes contract amid speculation linking George Russell with the Silver Arrows.
Lewis Hamilton doesn’t want George Russell to be his partner at Mercedes, according to former F1 driver Arturo Merzario. The Brit is yet to sign a new contract with the Silver Arrows. However, both parties have dropped hints over the last 24 hours suggesting an agreement is getting closer.
Hamilton was in blistering Formula One form last season, with the 36-year-old winning the F1 Drivers’ Championship for a seventh time.
That saw him draw level with the iconic Michael Schumacher, who dominated the sport with Ferrari at the beginning of century.
Despite his impressive performances on the track, however, Mercedes are yet to tie him down.
Hamilton is technically currently a free agent, leading to talk that Russell could be primed to join the team in the not-too-distant future.
That’s far more likely to happen in 2022, however, and Merzario thinks Hamilton doesn’t want a team-mate like the 22-year-old.
“It is probably not far from the truth that Hamilton does not want a teammate like that,” he told De Telegraaf. “For him, Valtteri Bottas is much better.
“Everyone in racing knows the rule that your first opponent is always your teammate in the same car.
“But Hamilton needs to be clear that things are changing.
“Sooner or later as a driver you come to the point where the younger ones overtake you. It’s like that in every job – why should it be any different in Formula 1?”
Hamilton dropped hint over a new deal on Monday, saying there is ‘lots of work ongoing in the background’.
He also added: “Many moving parts but just checking in to let you know I’m doing good, I’m healthy and mentally strong right now in my bubble.”
Mercedes, meanwhile, posted an image of a Mercedes-branded pen, captioning it with a winking-face emoji face and: “You never know when one of these might come in handy.”
Given that latest twist, fans can expect a resolution to the Hamilton contract saga soon.
And that will ease fears over the 36-year-old’s future.
Mercedes chief Toto Wolff recently said Mercedes were braced for a potential Hamilton departure, saying they were planning for all contingencies behind the scenes.
“It doesn’t worry me at all, because I will always respect Lewis’s decisions,” he said.
“Whether this is staying with us for a long time, or whether that means leaving the sport and pursuing different interests. I think we need to be ready for all kinds of curveballs being thrown at us.
“But at the same time, we talk a lot, and we are very transparent with each other. I think there is more to achieve together.”
Wolff also hailed Hamilton, admitting his skills go beyond merely being the fastest driver.
“It’s not one dimensional,” the 48-year-old added.
“Formula 1 has always been about best man in best machine wins.
“The best man means the quickest driver, and the most intelligent driver.
“[He is] the one that understands how the dynamics in a team works, its technical ability, and on the other side seeing himself in the right context within the organisation and not like a solar system where everything revolves around the sun.
“Equally, the organisation around the driver needs to be on its absolute A game in order to deliver performance in the various areas.
“This means on the engineering side, on the commercial side, on the political side, and on the communication side, in order to keep the wheels rolling.
“This is a business without a silver bullet, contrary to what most people think – even within the industry.
“It’s a business around marginal gains where everything needs to be in the right place for a team to be successful.”
“MERZARIO THINKS HAMILTON DOESN’T WANT A TEAM-MATE LIKE THE 22-YEAR-OLD.” “MERZARIO THINKS HAMILTON DOESN’T WANT A TEAM-MATE LIKE THE 22-YEAR-OLD.”
Source : www.express.co.uk
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