Lewis Hamilton has been nothing but ruthless in the 2021 Formula 1 season until the Monaco Grand Prix, where his flaws and more importantly Mercedes’ poor strategy was on display. Not only did Monaco, which was Mercedes’ hub of good results, prove to be a catastrophic experience for Hamilton, but even saw Valtteri Bottas majorly struggling.
He finished seventh at the Monaco GP and refused to take the blame upon himself for the poor show. The ensuing fracas has reportedly stalled negotiations between Hamilton and his Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff.
Reports: Lewis Hamilton Formula 1 contract extension talks to experience hardships after Monaco GP
Toto Wolff has reportedly been given a June deadline for the closing negotiations with the most successful driver in the history of the sport. While discussions had gotten underway prior to the race in Monaco, things seemed to have gone wrong for the British driver there.
However, after completing a disappointing outing, Hamilton came out criticizing Mercedes team and said that he “couldn’t have done any better” at the principality.
This isn’t the first time that negotiations between Hamilton and Wolff hit a rough patch. In 2020, the duo famously stalled contract negotiations only to come up with a one-year extension, meaning he will be out of contract again at the end of 2021.
However, with the recent results, Mercedes have opted for a cooldown phase for the time being which has left the contract talks hanging. This leaves Wolff to unravel the problem and revive the talks by as early as mid-June.