Lewis Hamilton contract: Eddie Jordan comments contradict ‘Verstappen clause’ rumours

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Lewis Hamilton’s contract negotiations with Mercedes continue to rumble on, with the upcoming F1 season due to start next month. Hamilton is technically unemployed after his Mercedes deal expired at the end of December.

The Brit is a seven-time World Champion and, according to F1 Insider, Hamilton is close to signing a one-year contract which includes a so-called ‘Max Verstappen clause’.

The reported £40m deal is said to include a veto clause related to who his team-mate will be going forward, meaning Hamilton would essentially be able to choose who joins him at Mercedes.

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff is known to be a big fan of Verstappen and the 23-year-old has been rumoured as a potential partner or even a replacement for Hamilton.

However, former F1 team boss Eddie Jordan believes that Hamilton “was never political in a sense of ‘my teammate has to give way to me'”, suggesting he would not want a ‘Verstappen clause’ in his new contract.

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Speaking on the BBC’s ‘This Sporting Life’ podcast, Jordan said: “For me, without hesitation, Lewis has surpassed those two.

“I was the odd one out, up to Lewis Hamilton I always believed Alain Prost was the best. And the reason why I say that is that he never bothered about who his teammate was.

“He was never political in a sense of ‘my teammate has to give way to me’.

“Things people found annoying about some of the other drivers.

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“Lewis Hamilton is not a political person. He knows his own ability, he’s been brought up well by his dad.

“So he’s extremely well-behaved guy and that’s why I think he’s the greatest that I’ve ever seen.”

Jordan also claimed that he expects Hamilton and Mercedes to “come to a good solution”, adding: “Lewis Hamilton is the jewel in the crown.

“He’s the one every TV station wants to interview.

“Mercedes are probably saying a lot of this is to do with the car and we’ve given him an outstanding chance to be world champion because he has the best car.

“That’s not in dispute. However, if they think they can replace Lewis Hamilton with another driver and have the same element of success then I think they are deluded.

“And one thing’s for sure Mercedes and (team boss) Toto Wolf will not be easily deluded.

“He’s a very smart guy. He knows exactly the value of Lewis Hamilton and I think they will sit down and come to a good solution because the world of F1 needs Lewis Hamilton in it.”

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