“I Bet On Myself” – Lewis Hamilton Seeking “Organic” Contract Talks With Mercedes




Having enjoyed a brilliant 2020 season, Lewis Hamilton has effectively stopped at nothing. He has already sealed the Drivers’ championship with three races to go, having won the Turkish GP at Istanbul Park.

But, his contract negotiations have not been as straightforward as his racing campaign. Much speculation has arisen over whether or not he will extend for the next few years. Discussions could now commence though, considering he has now secured the title.

Speaking in the post-race press conference, Hamilton said, “It has to be organic and not something that’s forced. So, I thought let’s put it to… I bet on myself. Naturally there are days when you think ‘what happens if you start making mistakes?”

Lewis Hamilton bets on himself to do the work

“What happens if you get worse all of a sudden, you don’t put in these great performances? Does your value decrease? Does your bargaining power decrease? Does your reputation go off a cliff?”

Undoubtedly, the thought of the best F1 driver on the grid being without a contract is unfathomable. But, Hamilton has no worried about his contract situation and believes that eventually, it will get done.

Lewis Hamilton during the Press conference at Turkish Grand Prix 2020
Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during a press conference ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix FIA/Handout via REUTERS

“I know there’s scenarios in life where you’re like ‘let’s sign up real quick’, so you guarantee your future. And for me, I’ve bet on myself. I do the work.”

“So, now it’s a bit more chilled but I still have three races ahead of me that I want to win. It’s not done but we will get it done, I’m sure.” concluded Hamilton.

Eight world championship titles is a realistic possibility for Hamilton

Many called on to recollect the time they thought Michael Schumacher’s records would not even be touched, let alone broken. But then came along a boy called Lewis Hamilton, who blitzed the world with his excellent racing.

Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas during the Turkish Grand Prix qualifying
Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas in action during qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Ozan Kose

From that perspective, a new contract would reflect his willingness to go out and achieve that all-important 8th drivers’ title. Many thought Schumacher would do it in his final few years at Mercedes, but that never happened.

There is then a chance for Hamilton to rewrite the history books and indeed become the “greatest of all time” F1 driver. With the way he is going, it only feels like he is just getting started.