LEWIS HAMILTON has rubbished options his new Mercedes deal has hit a snag as a result of F1’s proposed wage cap.
F1 bosses met final Monday the place they raised the thought of limiting drivers’ wages to £23million a yr.
Lewis Hamilton made historical past together with his record-breaking 92nd win on the Portuguese Grand PrixCredit score: Reuters
The movement has been waved via to the subsequent agenda nonetheless, Hamilton, who is yet to sign his new deal – price round £40million a yr – says the Grand Prix Drivers’ Affiliation ought to have their say.
Hamilton, who has a 77 level lead within the championship however can’t win the title on this weekend’s Emilia-Romagna GP, was quizzed if the delay in signing his new deal was because of the recommended wage freeze.
He stated: “It has nothing to do with it. I didn’t comprehend it was being mentioned. From a drivers’ standpoint, it was a shock to us.
“We heard of the thought some time in the past, possibly final yr in France, however it’s the first we heard of it this week.
“So I feel it will be important the GPDA work intently with Method One to get in to discussions transferring forwards.”
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff additionally supported his driver in quizzing whether or not it was proper to restrict drivers’ wages.
And Wolff believes that drivers must be included as a part of the discussions as their wages replicate their price to their groups.
He added: “The dialogue round this matter is an emotional one.
“Formula One groups, so as to be sustainable long run and to achieve success sport franchises, want to point out profitability like every firm. All of us want to realize that.
“On the opposite facet, it’s clear that drivers in Method One are one of the best on this planet and may earn excessive salaries like all the opposite high stars in sport.
“The day these salaries are restricted or their earnings is restricted to what they’re getting from the group, as a result of the scope of selling the model could be very restricted…
“So that’s the reason it will likely be attention-grabbing to do a cope with the representatives of the drivers and the drivers can say how can we align ourselves that everybody is benefitting from the foundations.
“US sports activities have performed it with out actually harming future earnings of the drivers.”
Wolff, whose group can win the constructors’ title for a seventh successive yr this weekend, additionally stated he was blissful to carry off contract talks with Hamilton, via concern of “contaminating” him with covid.
He stated: “The reality is there may be lots of belief between us and we carry on saying we should discover a day.
“However the championship is extra vital and I fully perceive that Lewis desires to focus on that.
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Lewis Hamilton’s new deal is price round £40million per yr Credit score: Splash Information
“Evidently we’ve got to get that performed to seek out the time however I do not wish to contaminate both of the drivers with covid.
“Should you spend a lot time collectively the worst could be they may miss a race or extra.”
In the meantime, Lando Norris despatched a personal apology to Hamilton after initially being dismissive of the fellow Brit’s landmark 92nd win.
Final weekend when he was quizzed about Hamilton’s new win’s report, Norris stated: “It doesn’t suggest something to me, actually. He is in a automobile which ought to win each race, mainly”.
He later stated sorry to the world champion and added: “I did not select the appropriate phrases to place it into context.
“I apologised [on Twitter] however I additionally apologised to Lewis himself, I messaged him.
“I do not know if he knew about it on the time however I by no means meant to say one thing like that in a foul manner or put any unhealthy mild on him in any respect.
“I respect all the things he is performed to realize what he is performed.”