“Lewis will be signed within a week”- Ex-Formula 1 team boss claims that Lewis Hamilton is set to sign his contract extension really soon.
Lewis Hamilton’s contract extension deadlock with Mercedes is now a tiresome affair. With the new season set to be started in a few weeks, the Brackley based team hasn’t solved a solution.
But recent revelation by Toto Wolff explains that a few intricacies have delayed the contract extension confirmation. Adding onto it, former F1 team boss Eddie Jordan has claimed that Hamilton will sign his contract this week.
‘I believe Lewis will be signed within a week. I cannot see it going into February.’ Jordan to PA News Agency, as per the Daily Mail. ‘Where do Mercedes go after Lewis? Of course, they can have the pick of the crop, but that is not the way Toto operates.’
‘He has increased his shareholding over the winter, brought in INEOS as a one-third shareholder, and he doesn’t want to be walking up and down the paddock with somebody new that he has to think about.’
‘He wants to be there with the man of the moment, he wants to be there with the king of all kings in Formula One, and that is Lewis Hamilton.’
Lewis Hamilton deserves more money.
Jordan further claims that the money from television rights coming to Mercedes is flowing in from Hamilton’s credibility in the sport, and for that, he deserves a healthy appraisal.
‘The TV rights that Mercedes are getting as a result of winning the drivers’ and the constructors’ championship, surely some of that should go to Lewis?’
‘He has been a hugely important part of the success and the reward they are getting. Who is the first person the TV people want to speak to first? Lewis. Do Lewis’ comments get repeated much more than anyone else? Of course, they do.’
‘If you look at LeBron James and Tiger Woods, they went to the organisers of their respective sports and said that we bring more credibility and support because of who we are and you need to compensate us. So pay Lewis an amount of money that the team are getting. I cannot see how he is not entitled to that.
‘Some might say he is already being overpaid, and maybe so, but we all said that nobody would ever come close to Michael Schumacher’s record and now you have a driver who has the potential to beat him by becoming an eight-time world champion. And make no mistake, Lewis is getting better.’