Key clause blocking new Lewis Hamilton contract

Negotiations over Lewis Hamilton’s continued partnership with the Silver Arrows have reportedly hit a roadblock.

Contract negotiations between Formula One legend Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have hit a roadblock once again, this time over the proposed non-driving obligations that the icon would have towards the team. 

With Hamilton’s existing contract expiring at the end of this year, discussions have been ongoing for over a year, yet a new deal with the Silver Arrows remains unsigned. 

Despite hints of an impending agreement in June, talks have now encountered another halt.

Anticipated to ink a two-year extension, Hamilton would potentially extend his F1 career until the age of 40, all while reportedly pocketing a staggering £100 million for his two-season commitment. 

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Since joining Mercedes from McLaren in 2013, the seven-time world champion has elevated his status to legendary proportions, notably securing six of his seven titles post-transition.

However, what appeared to be an inevitable prolonged collaboration has encountered a significant snag. 

The crux of the current discord between Hamilton and the team revolves around the extent of his contractual obligations to participate in appearances for sponsors. 

The Sun reports that this specific clause is a point of contention, causing a standoff in the negotiations.

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The past 18 months have proven challenging for Hamilton, with Mercedes grappling to adjust to the new technical regulations in F1. 

Despite his iconic status, the veteran driver has yet to clinch a victory in the 2022 or 2023 seasons, struggling to match the pace set by front-runners Red Bull.

While Hamilton faces trials on the track, his bargaining position remains robust. 

The team’s reserve driver, Mick Schumacher, has not made a significant impact during his time at Haas, making him an unlikely contender for a regular seat at Mercedes.

Amidst the negotiations, speculation around Hamilton’s potential move to rival teams heightened earlier this year, fuelled by rumours of a lucrative offer from Ferrari. 

While Hamilton has expressed admiration for Scuderia Ferrari, he dispelled these rumours, highlighting his commitment to Mercedes. 

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The Italian team is facing its own set of challenges, struggling to challenge Red Bull’s dominance this season.

As the negotiations continue, the question of Hamilton’s future in F1 and his relationship with Mercedes lingers. 

Fans will be hopeful the two sides can reach a deal that will keep the iconic Formula 1 driver on the grid for years to come.