Martin Brundle warns Lewis Hamilton saying Mercedes have ‘George Russell card to play’ amid contract negotiation

F1 fans are eagerly awaiting the outcome of the new contract negotiations between Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes. The British driver has been one of the most successful drivers in the history of the sport, winning 7 world titles, scoring the most points, and winning the most races in the history of the sport.

With his contract with the team expiring at the end of 2023, Lewis shared that discussions with team principal, Toto Wolff regarding a contract extension have made progress. Former F1 driver, Martin Brundle warns the 7-time world champion that the outcome of the deal may not be in his favor as the team may have “cards to play”. 

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Despite team principal, Toto Wolff’s suggestion that a resolution regarding the future of the 7-time world champion could be reached prior to the upcoming Canadian Grand Prix, there has been no official statement from the team so far.

Former F1 driver turned savant, Martin Brundle shared his views on the negotiation, stating both sides have strong points to back their claims. “Mercedes have some cards to play, one of them will be George Russell. Lewis will have some cards to pay, one of them will be an underperforming car and things he wants to do,” says Brundle.

Martin warns Lewis Hamilton of his fellow British stablemate, George Russell suggesting that the team may shift their focus to the young driver as their possible future considering his competitive performance this season. He further adds that Lewis may blame the stale results on the underperforming W14 since he has dominated the sport with a competitive car.

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While many speculate that the 2024 season would be the 7-time world champions’ last. A Daily Mail report allegedly claims Lewis has made a substantial demand for a five-year contract estimated at £250 million, in order to secure his re-signing with the team.

However Brundle believes the 38-year-old is still capable of competing in the sport, “He’s easily strong enough, fit enough, mentally still fit enough, he’s really got a spring in his step at the moment and enjoying his F1. It seems clear to me watching him in the press conferences and around the car,” he says.

Setting aside the speculations and opinions, it is clear that the British driver still has his racing spirit and is not ready to step down from his seat. Fans are hopeful that they get a clear answer to the future of the 7-time world champion in the sport before the lights go out at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Sunday.

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