EDDIE JORDAN ON LEWIS HAMILTON: "I'D SHOW HIM THE DOOR"
The former team boss claims he would show Lewis Hamilton 'the door' after reports of Mercedes contract disagreements
Lewis Hamilton is set to start his 15th season in F1 and defend his crown at the season opener in Bahrain this March but he is yet to agree on terms with Mercedes over key figures, with reports coming out that Hamilton and Wolff can't agree on a number.
Eddie stated that he's well connected and according to his sources Hamilton is asking for a hefty pay rise, apparently somewhere toward the £50 million region as well as a more 'influential' role within Mercedes.
Jordan doesn't agree with Hamilton's demands saying he would offer Hamilton the ultimate ultimatum "If I were the boss of Daimler, I would show him the door – either you drive on our terms or you go.” The former team-boss turned Channel 4 pundit told F1-insider.com “I would also tell him what Bernie Ecclestone said after Ayrton Senna’s death. Even though Bernie was shocked and sad like everyone else, he was the first to regain his composure and said to us ‘now stop whining – everyone is replaceable’. Lewis should know that by now.”
Hamilton won his record-equalling 7th world title in 2020
Its pretty normal for a driver to negotiate their contract and it seems like Wolff and Hamilton are on the same page from the outside looking in, with Wolff recently saying "we talk a lot, and we are very transparent with each other. I think there is more to achieve together." Although Hamilton is technically a free agent, he doesn't have anywhere else to go and his only option is taking a sabbatical, an outcome that looks highly unlikely. Wolff did also claim the team had to be ready for ‘curveballs’, saying: "It doesn't worry me at all, because I will always respect Lewis's decisions.
In my opinion I think its only a matter of time before they come to a conclusion and the only reason its taking so long is because they started negotiations very late into 2020 and this is very likely to be Hamilton final contract in F1 so it has to be perfect as he's also deciding on what will be the next step of his career, hence him asking for a more influential role at Merc.