Hamilton pushing for three year €90 million contract

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton

Formula 1 mega-star Lewis Hamilton is pushing for a substantial pay-rise at Mercedes according to reports in German media.

The big ‘silly season’ report in Hungary last weekend was about Hamilton’s silver-coloured seat beyond the end of his 2015 contract.

The news followed hot on the heels of Nico Rosberg’s extended Mercedes deal, reportedly featuring a big pay-rise making his new three-year contract worth €55 million.

Bild reports that Hamilton and his management are now pushing for a new €90 million three year deal for 2016, 2017 and 2018.

The ‘contract poker’ could explain the true source of the speculation linking Mercedes with Red Bull‘s world champion Sebastian Vettel, after that was first leaked by Helmut Marko.

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner smiled in Hungary that Marko sits down for “breakfast, lunch and dinner” on every day of a Grand Prix weekend with fellow Austrian Niki Lauda who doubles as Mercedes’ team chairman.

But Marko told German television Sky on Sunday that he sees nothing wrong with the sorts of reports that float around Formula 1’s best and highly-paid drivers at contract time.

“At this time of the year it’s a completely normal process,” he said.

He would not comment on whether Mercedes has actually made an approach to Vettel. “You would have to ask him,” Marko insisted. (GMM)