Oct.25 (GMM) Former F1 driver Timo Glock has urged Lewis Hamilton to sign a new Mercedes contract.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff this week said he wants to discuss the extension of Hamilton’s contract, which runs out at the end of 2020, after the current season.
Hamilton’s only real option for 2021 would be Ferrari, but Glock said the 34-year-old should stay in silver.
“He can only lose if he changes,” the former Toyota driver told the German news magazine Focus.
“If he cannot make Ferrari world champion, then his five or six titles will be worth less – because he would always be judged on his most recent years.
“The smartest option for him is to write history with Mercedes,” Glock added.
In the same vein, Glock thinks the pressure on Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel continues to rise.
“With each passing year it gets harder, because the pressure keeps getting higher,” he said.
“Ferrari has had a good package in the past two years, not as strong as Mercedes, but there were too many races where points were left behind.
“They have to do it next year, otherwise it will be very difficult for Vettel to stay motivated.”
Glock also thinks Ferrari’s current driver lineup is a distraction.
“Leclerc is really strong, which means that Vettel also has to battle internally – and that’s a distraction from Ferrari’s real ambition, which is the world championship,” said the German.
F1 Changes Starting in 2021 - After many months of discussions and deliberations, Formula 1’s ten teams have now agreed to the terms of the “Concorde Agreement” that binds them to the world championship for another five years.
This agreement is a contract between Formula 1, the FIA governing body and the teams which wish to compete in the F1 World Championship from 2021 to 2025 and defines how F1’s television revenues and prize money will be distributed.
Formula 1 bosses have been keen to build a strong foundation on which to secure the long-term future for the championship. As such a revolutionary new budget cap will be introduced next year, along with new technical regulations and a new set of sporting rules coming in 2022.
The Covid-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for everyone in 2020, and has served as another reminder that something needed to change. Once the championship restarted, so too could the commercial agreement talks.
By changing the way the prize money is distributed, it was inevitable that some teams would be happy – as they would receive a greater share – and others less so, as they would have a smaller slice.
But ultimately, as they have increasingly done in recent months, all the stakeholders found a way to come together and compromise on the document, which they agreed to in time for the early deadline of August 18th – which brought a small financial incentive.
With the 10 teams signed up for the next five years, and the regulations and cost cap defined, Formula 1 can finally embark on a new era. The new agreement also squashes any speculation that teams like Mercedes or Haas might not be around for the long term.
The hope now is that all F1 teams can develop themselves into robust operations financially while also closing the pack in terms of competitiveness that can in turn improve the racing spectacle.
Roll on 2021!