Tro­phies come first in Lew’s con­tract talks

FOR­MULA ONE

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY AUG 1 -

LEWIS HAMIL­TON will con­sider leav­ing McLaren – if the team don’t cross his palms with sil­ver!

The 27-year-old for­mer world cham­pion says keep­ing his tro­phies will be a “push point” in talks over a new con­tract when his cur­rent deal ex­pires at the end of this year.

And Hamil­ton says an agree­ment which would see him al­lowed to keep the sil­ver­ware he wins – it is a McLaren tradition for the team to keep the orig­i­nal, with the driver re­ceiv­ing a replica – could be cru­cial.

“In a lot of other teams, the driv­ers get their orig­i­nal tro­phies,” said Hamil­ton.

“As a rac­ing driver, what you work for and what you want to take home are two things – one is your crash hel­met and the other is your tro­phy. They’re price­less.

“I don’t care if they don’t give me a car, but those two things are what you put your blood and sweat into.

“So what­ever con­tract I’m hav­ing next, that is go­ing to be a push point.”

WARN­ING: Hamil­ton

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