Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton tried to confirm all the good things seen from his car at Silverstone, but so far the weekend for the driver and his team has been disappointing, as confirmed by the 7-times world champion British driver himself.
Lewis finished 12th in FP1, 15th in the second free practice session. Despite the new front wing, the W14 is one second behind Red Bull on the flying lap. Something better was seen on the race pace: and it is on Sunday's pace that Lewis' hopes cling for Sunday, aware that in the fight for the podium area Ferrari seems to have a similar pace, while even Aston Martin it seems more difficult.
Hamilton said: "The long runs don't seem to be too bad. At least there's this positive aspect. The pace with the softs wasn't particularly good, but for the others it must have been worse if they weren't as fast. The climate was very windy, which makes Silverstone the best circuit in the world, but today changed the track a lot from one minute to the next.
As for the car, we're always fighting the same thing. it stays that way, no matter what we do with the set-up. Over a single lap we didn't feel any improvement between the tires which goes to show that something is wrong. In the last part of the stint I had the feeling that my pace was starting to be a bit more constant, I don't know why.
It could be due to the wind, or the balance. This track is all about balance."
Hamilton's new contract rumors
Lewis Hamilton is having an excellent F1 season, in this first half of the season, despite the difference in the car between his Mercedes and Max Verstappen's Red Bull.The British F1 star is battling for second place in the world standings after Max Verstappen.But there is still the issue relating to the renewal of his contract with Mercedes, which has not yet been signed, leaving doubts about his future.
Mercedes team principal, Toto Wolff, said: "We have nothing to say in particular, there's no big news. It's a shame to discuss money with Hamilton."According to the Daily Mail, money would be the main problem.Lewis Hamilton, according to rumors, would in fact want a bonus of 15 million pounds, in the event that he were to return to conquer the Formula 1 world championship.
Furthermore, the British driver is asking for a role of brand ambassador in Mercedes for ten years at the end of his racing career for an impressive £20 million, in addition to an annual salary of £50 million.Hamilton would cost Mercedese a good £537 million including the role of brand ambassador and a possible title won.An unnamed Daily Mail source explained: "Lewis wants five years, and if it was just a one-year extension I don't think he would accept it.
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