Lewis Hamilton is the wealthiest driver within the historical past of Components One, off the again of being probably the most profitable driver within the sport’s historical past with a document seven World Drivers’ Championships.
Regardless of this, the Mercedes driver is out of contract on the finish of the upcoming 2023 season, having signed his present reported $147m two-year deal in 2021.
His present deal retains him as one of many wealthiest athletes on the earth, rating seventeenth within the Forbes’ Highest Paid Athletes checklist final yr after raking in $93.8m throughout contracts and sponsorships.
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Stories from French outlet 20 Minutes recommend Hamilton’s new contract could be price $217.8 million throughout two years, which is similar quantity he would make underneath his present deal if he received the World Drivers’ Championship.
20 Minutes are additionally reporting that Hamilton is asking for a further contract as a Mercedes ambassador after he retires, price $389.6 million over 10 years.
If Hamilton places pen to paper on these offers, he would stand to earn $680.9m over the following 13 years.
The staggering quantities are reportedly financed considerably by Jim Ratcliffe, the founding father of chemical multinational Ineos, which additionally serves because the principal companion of Mercedes-AMG Petronas and holds a 33 per cent stake within the workforce.
Ratcliffe and Hamilton have been intently linked with a monetary takeover of soccer giants Manchester United, with the previous already confirming his curiosity in shopping for the Purple Devils from the Glazer household.
Requested concerning the transfer after changing into an element proprietor of NFL franchise the Denver Broncos final yr, Hamilton didn’t rule out getting into the Ratcliffe bid.
“Jim’s half boss however companion – I’d say we’re extra companions as a result of we’re on this collectively and I hope sooner or later to do one thing with Jim and construct with him,” Hamilton stated.
“I do wish to get an increasing number of concerned in groups as a result of I actually do imagine in black possession – there’s a lack of it in sports activities – and black fairness.”
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff admits that the eight-time Constructors’ Champions hadn’t begun contract renegotiations with Hamilton, telling the Past the Grid podcast it was on his checklist of jobs to do, however he was assured of the Brit re-signing.
“Lewis is a part of the workforce, and the workforce is a part of Lewis,” he stated.
“(There’s) no cause to not proceed.
“We’re so aligned – within the final 10 years our relationship has grown.
“It’s only a matter of him bodily being again in Europe, sticking our heads collectively, wrestling a bit, after which leaving the room with white smoke after a couple of hours.”
Hamilton has spent the Components One winter break jetting world wide, along with his most up-to-date vacation spot being in Antarctica.
In consequence he hasn’t had an opportunity to place pen to paper, or touch upon a number of the latest developments in Components One, together with the FIA’s new ban on drivers making political statements.
Hamilton is among the most socially lively members of the grid, main the game’s contribution to the Black Lives Matter motion in 2020.
Wolff confirmed that the W14 Mercedes automobile for the upcoming season could be revealed publicly on February 15.