If the press is to be believed these days and you’re in the mood to lend rumors some credence, then you could be hearing about a new £40million per year deal for Lewis Hamilton. I can’t keep track of all the enormously compensated British footballers and athletes but my hunch is, this would be the highest paid of them all or at least close to it.
In our season preview, I asked Paul what it takes for a driver like Lewis or Sebastian Vettel to keep the momentum going each year for another title. Paul said a driver has to find new motivation each year to keep burning the wick as hot as it can go and finding that motivation is key. Perhaps a new contract is motivation enough for Lewis if he knows he’s set for a Mercedes ride through the 2020 season.
‘It doesn’t feel like the start of the final chapter, and I don’t feel as though I am about to embark on my last contract,’ Hamilton said.
‘I am not sure how I will feel in two or three years’ time but I am back here in March for my 12th season and I am so excited.
‘I don’t know where it comes from – this feeling of just wanting to excel – but I really, really, more than anything currently in my life, want to excel next weekend.
‘I want to arrive in Melbourne fit. I want to hit my target weight. I want to kill it through practice, get pole position and I want to win the race convincingly.
‘I don’t know how long this feeling is going to last when I go into a new season, but as long as I am still feeling like this I will keep going.’
A lot of things happen in 2020. A new set of regulations possibly, a new prize money compensation scheme and perhaps teams leaving or joining. It all depends on what Liberty Media can deliver over the next 12 to 18 months. If there was a clean jumping off point for teams, this would be it and if you were a driver like Lewis or Seb, perhaps this might also be a jumping off point as the German’s contract expires in 2020 as well.
I suspect Lewis will be ready to roll and defend his title. The motivation is to beat Vettel to a fifth title as both sit on four world championship each. If testing is any indicator, then Lewis may just start the season off with a bang but perhaps Red Bull and Ferrari have an answer for him? Time will tell and when I say time, I mean six days!
Hat Tip: Mail Online