Finally, it is clear Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have agreed to seal the deal for the 2021 season. As per the reports cited by 1996 world champion and current Sky Sports pundit Damon Hill in a tweet, the seven-time world champion will stay with Silver Arrows.
What has made this deal Extraordinary?
Having nothing to do with length or money, is it the Veto Clause that makes it extraordinary? If that is, Hamilton will have the power to veto any new teammate for the 2022 and the 2023 season.
So will Mercedes want to replace Bottas with Russell, who impressed when stood in for Lewis? Should Mercedes decide if Valtteri Bottas, signing a fifth consecutive one-year deal, will not return for either of the years? This may lead to a twist in plans promoting George Russell, replacing Hamilton at Bahrain International Circuit for one race last season after Hamilton tested positive for COVID-19.
As Hamilton is nearing his retirement term from the F1 racing realm, the Mercedes team seems to sew plans on having Russell aboard and further cruise him at the right time.
So Would they really give Hamilton that kind of power? Also, the rookie is clearly in line for a seat the next time one opens up at the Brackley-based team.
To understand Hamilton’s current situation, after he reacted to the veto, one may consider he feels threatened by Russell or any other driver stepping up in the team.
This clause makes us talk about Max Verstappen, racer under contract with Red Bull through the 2023 season, but can reportedly opt-out of that contract based on the team’s performance. Furthermore, the clause would give Hamilton the power to prevent himself from ever needing to deal with Verstappen.
Anyway, we must wait for the confirmation that sets the launch of Hamilton and Mercedes’ new agreement deal.