Lewis Hamilton calls on ‘union’ to prevent proposed salary cut on £35m-a-year deal

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Lewis Hamilton has called on the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association to clarify plans which could see the salary in his next contract take a significant hit.

Hamilton is into the final months of his contract with Mercedes but is in no rush to finalise a new deal.

The six-time world champion is highly likely to remain with the Brackley-based team but this week plans were announced which will see teams restrict driver salaries to £22million between the two drivers.

Hamilton's current deal is worth around £35million a year and he stands to lose out the most from the salary cap.

Lewis Hamilton is one of the greatest F1 drivers in the history of the sport
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"It was the first we heard of it this week," he said. "I didn’t know a cap was being discussed.

"From a driver’s point of view it is a surprise.

"It is important that the GPDA (the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association) work closely with Formula One on how we move forward."

Speaking in an interview with Sky Sports, Hamilton revealed talks over a new deal first started in August 2019.

"Naturally I think already last year, in Hungary last year I think Toto [Wolff] was talking about signing a contract," said Hamilton.

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"Of course the pandemic wasn't then and you look back and you're like maybe I should have signed it then.

"But the thing is I just think things happen at the right time and I definitely wasn't ready mentally at the time.

"I wanted to give myself the space mentally to really think about what I want to do, think if there's any adjustments for me and for the team, how can we get more out of each other – how can I give them an easier time."