It’s down to just .4%. That’s all that remains between Lewis Hamilton and a new contract with Mercedes AMG Petronas. According to press reports, the 2-time world champ says they are very close to a deal, in fact, they are at 99.6% to be exact. Hamilton rubbished the reports that he was at a standstill with Mercedes over contract negotiations saying:
“That is not the case. It is utter bullshit, basically.
“All stories that have come out about money are generally bullshit.”
Asked as to when matters would be finalised, Hamilton replied: “You’ll see it in Monaco – I will have some news for you in Monaco.”
That’s an odd number…not literally but figuratively speaking. Why 99.6%? Why not 99% or 99.9% which is the usually verbiage used when speaking of deals like this? I’m going to guess that .4% is a big of a booger. Something like the team paying for all his jet fuel or a big rock that the two sides are having to chip away at.
Regardless, Lewis says he’ll have big new in Monaco and wouldn’t it be odd if that announcement wasn’t with Mercedes? Some have implied that he’s been speaking with Ferrari while others have him riding off in the sunset to become a music industry mogul. Who knows?
I suspect we’ll get a new multi-year deal with Mercedes but it wouldn’t surprise me if it takes longer than Monaco. I also wonder just how much patience a team, any team, has when stringing details of a contract out are at play?
On many levels, Mercedes would do very well to re-sign Lewis for many obvious reasons but there is a limit on compensation and how long they might be willing to string this out. If it’s Lewis, that time is probably long and the compensation levels are probably very high. We’ll have to wait and see.
Hat Tip: AUTOSPORT