Lewis Hamilton's contract delay sparks rumours about leaving Mercedes

The recent news in the world of Formula One surrounds the future of British racing icon Lewis Hamilton amid reports he still has not opened talks over a contract extension at Mercedes.

Hamilton, who is the current world champion, has struggled to replicate the form which gave him the prestigious title of being best in the world, and despite winning the recent Spanish and Azerbaijan Grands Prix, he has endured a somewhat turbulent season, which has seen him gain a lot of media attention – not always for the best reasons. 

As the season progresses, the major competing teams such as Ferrari, Mercedes, and Red Bull will be desperate to keep their assortment of stars happy and tied down to a long contract. However, news coming out the Mercedes camp claims that Hamilton is ‘delaying’ talks of a new contract.

Why could this be some may ask?

Is Hamilton delaying talks in hope of a better, more lucrative offer? Or is this early signs that the British legend is coming to the end of a trophy-laden career. 

No-one is entirely sure yet, but this news has certainly sparked rumours, as well as having an effect on the driver market – with the future of Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo also up in the air.

The Australian, 28, has enjoyed an impressive season, finishing in pole position at the Chinese Grand Prix. However, to the dismay of his employers Red Bull, this form has attracted other teams, specifically Ferrari and Mercedes.

Someone who seems to think he knows what is going on in Hamilton’s brain is 1996 champion Damon Hill, who told The Sun, as per Wheels24: “He is powerful enough and a precious commodity in the sport and maybe is just making them wait and sweat a bit.

“But, I wonder if Nico Rosberg’s retirement weighed on his mind a little bit. When you are an F1 driver, you hanker for the days when you can escape from it,” he added.

Also speaking on the rumours was Mercedes chairman Niki Lauda, who gave a brief statement, saying: “There is nothing more lucrative than if he continues to win. That’s all negotiated.”

Lauda seemed to end rumours of Hamilton leaving, but it definitely should be said nothing can be certain yet.

The next few months will be very interesting for Formula One fans, as many in-demand drivers will be negotiating and considering who their future lies with. 

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