Mercedes set one-month deadline for Lewis Hamilton to commit his F1 future after confirming their 2021 line-up WILL be in place by the time they reveal their new car on March 2
- Lewis Hamilton is currently a free agent after his £40m-a-year contract expired
- The seven-time world champion is still expected to sign a new deal at Mercedes
- With news of the F1 W12’s unveiling on March 2, he now has a month to decide
- George Russell has been tipped to take Hamilton’s spot should he not sign on
Mercedes have set Lewis Hamilton a one-month deadline to sign a new contract after announcing the launch date for their new car.
A promo video on the team’s Twitter page confirmed that their new F1 W12 car would be unveiled on March 2, with an accompanied message that two drivers will be in place by that day.
Valtteri Bottas is already confirmed but despite ongoing negotiations, seven-time world champion Hamilton is yet to sign a multi-year deal, though he stated two weeks ago that ‘lots of work was ongoing in the background.’
Lewis Hamilton is yet to commit his future to Mercedes and now has a month to sign a new deal
Young British driver George Russell could take the second spot if Hamilton does not sign on
The Mercedes Twitter page responded to a question from a fan confirming the deadline
The March 2 date gives the 36-year-old exactly a month to sign a new contract – the 2021 F1 season is set to get underway with the Bahrain Grand Prix on March 28.
Williams’ George Russell, 22, who stepped in for Hamilton at December’s Sakhir Grand Prix after the world champion tested positive for COVID-19, has been widely linked with the second driver’s berth.
Latest reports state that it is understood both parties have been in dialogue but it is the length of his new contract which is under scrutiny – with reports that the record-breaking Briton has been offered only a one-year deal.
Hamilton’s £40m-a-year deal expired on December 31, meaning he is technically a free agent at the present moment.
Sharing a video of himself on Instagram undergoing altitude training two weeks ago, he captioned it with: ‘Hey World, I haven’t been on here for a while. I’m in the mountains training everyday, getting my mind and body right…
Hamilton is currently a free agent after the seven-time F1 champion’s deal at Mercedes expired
‘I’m hiking to the top of the mountain every morning. Three of those hikes I cross country ski once I get to the top which is at 3400m, killer.
‘I love altitude training, there is less oxygen high up so working out is much harder than at sea level, just walking up the stairs you feel it at 2000m.
‘I’m trying to find the right balance in cardio and strength building. On top of that, lots of work ongoing in the background.’