DAMON Hill Believes Mercedes could be “sweating” over Lewis Hamilton’s failure to signal a brand new contract.
4-time Formula One champ Hamilton has stated because the begin of the yr he’s near agreeing a £120million three-yr mega deal.
However questions are beginning to be requested about his future as he’s stalling on committing to the workforce.
And 1996 F 1 king Hill stated: “Lewis does an excellent job of showing harmless and never understanding however I feel he has a really astute thoughts with regards to what his energy is within the sport.
“He’s highly effective sufficient and a valuable commodity within the sport and perhaps simply making them wait and sweat a bit. Mercedes may be sweating.”
Hamilton confronted an identical state of affairs at McLaren in 2012 the place he was provided new phrases and the promise of a race-profitable automotive.
However he surprised the workforce by becoming a member of Mercedes — and Hill believes the Brackley-based mostly workforce ought to worry a repeat.
Hill added: “He has to actually need to race and keep on. He does have one other life he needs to pursue elsewhere.
“Though he didn’t seem like that in Barcelona final week, he seemed as if he was actually attached and enjoys what he’s doing and may develop into champion once more.
“However I’m wondering if Nico Rosberg’s retirement weighed on his thoughts a bit bit. If you end up an F 1 driver, you hanker for the times when you possibly can escape from it.
“It’s a very robust life for a driver. You begin considering, particularly within the mid-30s, about having a weekend off.”
The drivers’ market seems set for its largest shake-up in years, with Hamilton and workforce-mate Valtteri Bottas, Purple Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso at McLaren all out of contract after the season.
And Hill says Mercedes chief Toto Wolff can’t afford to lose one other world beater from underneath his nostril, as occurred when Rosberg shocked the game by retiring after his world title win in 2016.
Hill additionally floated the concept Hamilton, 33, could SWAP locations with Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari. The Brit, fifty seven, stated: “Sebastian is beneath contract at Ferrari however he’s a German driver and Mercedes are a German staff, there could be the previous switcheroo.”
After victory in Barcelona eight days in the past, Hamilton repeated that he didn’t anticipate any additional delay in signing his contract.
Hill added: “It’s like urgent the button on a brand new automotive design — you don’t do it till the final minute as a result of typically laws change.”