Lewis Hamilton has recently signed a new agreement with Mercedes, prolonging his contract for an additional two years. This decision has dashed any aspirations Ferrari supporters may have had of him joining their team. The value of Hamilton’s fresh contract is an astounding $127 million, further cementing his unwavering commitment to Mercedes. Despite Ferrari’s efforts to entice him with lucrative salary proposals, Hamilton has opted to remain with Mercedes yet again.
During a recent media briefing, Hamilton disclosed the negative response he has encountered from supporters of Ferrari in previous instances. He recounted occasions when he was targeted with black cats and shared that there was a period when he was unable to don his team attire at the racing circuit. This occurrence is to be expected given Hamilton’s accomplishments and the ongoing competition he has had with Ferrari over the course of his professional journey.
Experts believe that Hamilton would have never joined Ferrari, regardless of the salary offer. He is now the highest earner in Formula One history with his $63.3 million per year contract. Ferrari was willing to pay him $70 million per year, but according to F1 expert Michael Schmidt, Hamilton knew that Ferrari is not ahead of Mercedes in terms of performance and that any problems he faces at Mercedes would be magnified at Ferrari due to the team’s higher profile.
Hamilton’s focus is not on money, but rather on winning his eighth championship title. He is prepared to drive without compensation in order to be a part of a team that can assist him in reaching this objective.
Hamilton’s choice to continue with Mercedes has let down Ferrari supporters, who have previously displayed a negative and hostile attitude towards him. Despite their attempts, Hamilton remains dedicated to Mercedes and determined to achieve championship victories.