Rumours, that’s all. The original rumour was 60m for 3yrs with Hamilton requesting more freedom in his contract to be able to expand his own brands etc… Now it’s been reported that if he wants more freedom he has to commit to a 5yr deal, therefore guaranteeing Mclaren a good driver for 5yrs for there commitment.
I see 2 problems here. Firstly Lewis’s management, yes they may be out to get the best for him and yes he (as a sports personality) has a market to sell to, but he is a car driver, not a clothes horse, dj or watch salesman. Good on him for abstaining the most from his popularity, but this is where he has failed in the past. He needs to keep his eyes on the prize! Then again at 20m a year, most would be happy to drive a HRT.
On that note, the 2nd concern is his career. He is endangered of committing to a team that is under performing on and off track. The failure list for the Mclaren team over the past 12months is quiet long, then again, their ability to develop their car last year showed commitment to improvement. I’d say a risky move in time where the rules are constantly changing, new engines are on there way and teams are struggling to adapt and get a grip on the current rules and regs.
If I were in Lewis’s position, I’d want more freedom in my career as a driver rather than freedom to sell myself. I’d rather be remembered as a great driver who won multiple championships, than the guy who won one, but could of won more. With other seats available at the end of the season, it might be the best time to follow Mark Webber’s method, short deals with freedom to move.