Lewis Hamilton weighing up new £120million Mercedes contract at F1 career crossroads

LEWIS HAMILTON seems to be standing at the crossroads of his F1 career – however haven't we already been right here as soon as earlier than?

The new £120million contract, which Mercedes had hoped to be a formality, now hangs within the stability and threatens to derail the world champion's very personal title defence.

 Lewis Hamilton gets to grips with his trophy after winning the Spanish GP in style

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Lewis Hamilton will get to grips together with his trophy after profitable the Spanish GP in fashion

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff needed the deal signed earlier than the primary race in Australia and Hamilton himself had admitted they have been near agreeing phrases when he launched this season's automotive in February.

Now, three months on, the topic has develop into the elephant within the room.

In Barcelona for the Spanish GP final week, he was coy to speak about why the deal was not signed.

He shuffled in his seat, seemed awkward and hurried the dialog on to a different matter.

 Mercedes chief Toto Wolff to restart talks with Lewis Hamilton about bumper new deal

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Mercedes chief Toto Wolff to restart talks with Lewis Hamilton about bumper new deal
 Lewis Hamilton is now 17 points clear in the race for the world title after his win in Barcelona

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Lewis Hamilton is now 17 factors clear within the race for the world title after his win in Barcelona
 Will Lewis Hamilton give Mercedes the thumbs-up over his new contract?

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Will Lewis Hamilton give Mercedes the thumbs-up over his new contract?

The precise cause for his choice to stall on signing stays a thriller.

Some have speculated it’s over the size of the contract that Hamilton needs.

Former F1 staff boss Eddie Jordan informed SunSport final month that he believed it was as a consequence of cash — a quarrel over a determine of round $20million (£14m).

Regardless of the situation it, it’s undoubtedly a rising concern for Mercedes's bosses in Stuttgart.

Seeing their prized asset's choice to delay signing a contract will hardly impress them.

He’s handsomely rewarded and, after seeing Nico Rosberg pull the rug from beneath their ft by retiring at late discover, they’re eager to not be caught out a second time.

If Hamilton hoped to carry them to ransom too, that gamble can equally again-hearth, for there are different prime drivers, akin to Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo, who’re additionally out of contract at the top of the yr and Mercedes may transfer first.

 Lewis Hamilton picked up his first win of the season in Azerbaijan

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Lewis Hamilton picked up his first win of the season in Azerbaijan

Finally although, the choice is presently in Hamilton's palms.

Mercedes are eager for him to remain. All he has to do is signal the contract.

However he's additionally been on this place earlier than.

There are similarities to 2012 when he was driving for the McLaren workforce.

Hamilton was additionally provided a bumper new deal across the time of the Monaco GP.

Once more, it seemed like he was staying. The workforce have been optimistic he would signal his deal.

However as time dragged on and the contract remained unsigned, it turned a speaking level and extra of a distraction.

 Lewis Hamilton has delayed signing his new contract

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Lewis Hamilton has delayed signing his new contract
 Four-time world champion Lewis Hamilton is confident of landing No5

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4-time world champion Lewis Hamilton is assured of touchdown No5

Then in September that yr, he dropped the bombshell and selected to hitch Mercedes as an alternative; a choice that was lampooned at the time however has since been proved to be a masterstroke.

Might Hamilton be doing the identical once more? Perhaps he does need to bide his time earlier than agreeing the place he’ll drive subsequent season. Or perhaps he doesn't.

F1 is altering, and with different pursuits in trend and music, maybe Hamilton is eyeing his exit technique.

Regardless of the news, it’s a testing time for Mercedes, who eagerly watch for his signature, but is it not but a formality. Simply ask McLaren.

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas rejoice ending first and second in Spanish Grand Prix

LEWIS HAMILTON seems to be standing at the crossroads of his F1 career – however haven't we already been right here as soon as earlier than?

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