Reason for Lewis Hamilton contract delay revealed after Toto Wolff rules out ‘money problem’

Lewis Hamilton’s long-term future is in focus as contract negotiations roll on with Mercedes, without any progress.

The prospect of Lewis Hamilton securing a long-term deal with Mercedes is looking increasingly uncertain, which may disappoint Sky Sports F1 commentator David Croft. 

Croft expressed his desire to see Hamilton remain in Formula 1 for an “awful lot longer,” although a contract extension of at least a “few more years” seems unlikely at this stage.

Croft’s comments came shortly before Hamilton himself hinted that he wanted to continue his F1 journey for at least another five years. 

Hamilton has consistently expressed his commitment to Mercedes, and team boss Toto Wolff has affirmed the team’s support for the British driver. 

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However, as Hamilton’s current contract nears its expiration in a few months, a new deal has yet to be finalised.

Croft shared his thoughts on the situation during an interview with Sky Sports F1, stating, “Well, Toto says the contract discussion is not about money, that’s not the sticking point. 

“So maybe Lewis is after a longer deal. 

“If you look at Fernando Alonso, just because you’re over 40 doesn’t mean you can’t compete in Formula One.” 

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He added, “Personally, as someone who loves racing and has watched every single Lewis win, Lewis podium, and Lewis pole, I’d love to see him stay around for an awful lot longer. 

“The sport needs him, and I think he needs the sport as well, so keep him around for a few more years.”

According to a report by The Mail prior to the British Grand Prix, Hamilton’s attempts to secure a five-year contract extension have been unsuccessful. 

Instead, it is likely that he will be offered a one-year deal, with Mercedes retaining the option for an additional 12 months. 

There also appears to be a disagreement regarding the length of a potential ambassadorial deal, with Hamilton reportedly seeking a 10-year contract.

Toto Wolff seemed to confirm Hamilton’s future with the team, indicating that the terms and duration of the contract have already been agreed upon. 

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Wolff stated, “This is not a money discussion at all. 

“It is about the future, what is it that we want to do right and optimise? 

“We’re not talking anything anymore about duration, money, all of that – it’s other topics.”