Mercedes has successfully resolved the contract situation with Lewis Hamilton, which was a major concern for the team. Hamilton’s expiring contract at the end of 2023 had raised doubts due to the competitiveness of the car. However, after a prolonged negotiation period, Hamilton is close to signing a new contract. With this issue resolved, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has now turned his attention to George Russell.
Russell, who joined the team at the end of the 2021 season, has impressed everyone with his performance. In fact, he even outperformed Hamilton in his first season with Mercedes, a feat achieved by only one other driver. Given his impressive debut season, it was clear that Russell’s relationship with Mercedes would only grow stronger.
Russell’s contract with Mercedes has been extended, as reported on Twitter. He will continue driving for the team until at least the conclusion of the 2025 season. This development brings great joy to Mercedes fans, as it ensures a stable driver lineup for the foreseeable future.
However, there are some who believe that Mercedes should not have extended Russell’s contract for one specific reason. F1 expert Peter Windsor believes that Russell could threaten Hamilton’s authority within the team as the car improves. Windsor suggests that if he were the team principal at Mercedes, he would offer Russell a contract with a clause stating that he will never finish ahead of Hamilton.
Given that both Hamilton and Russell have contracts until 2025, it will be intriguing to observe their dynamic within the team. It is desirable for Mercedes to prevent any recurrence of the conflicts that occurred between teammates in 2016.
Mercedes has effectively addressed their contractual matters with both Hamilton and Russell, ensuring a solid driver lineup for the future.