Why F1 driver contracts are fraught with peril

As the world watches the developing soap opera that is Lewis Hamilton’s contract negotiations with Mercedes, Mark Gallagher explains the importance of having a good lawyer – and the need to seize the moment…

With Lewis Hamilton brake-tested by COVID-19 and George Russell testing positive for talent, the Sakhir Grand Prix prompted much debate about driver contracts in that calm, knowledgeable arena known as ‘social media’.

Opinions centred around suggestions that Mercedes should sack Valtteri Bottas in favour of the man whom he outqualified by 26 milliseconds or – shock horror – the notion that Toto Wolff could slash his driver budget by opting for Russell over seven times world champion Lewis Hamilton.

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