Hamilton contract situation 'unpleasant' now as the champ 'miscalculates his demands'

 Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton
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• Lewis Hamilton is yet to sign a new contract with the Mercedes F1 team.

• The driver reportedly has several miscalculated demands.

• Alexey Popov believes the British public does not want to see Lewis driving for Mercedes.

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Lewis Hamilton's contract situation is becoming "quite unpleasant" for the new seven time world champion.

That is the view of Russian Formula 1 commentator Alexey Popov, who wonders if Hamilton is miscalculating his rumoured demands as he negotiates with Mercedes.

Popov, a Match TV broadcaster, said: "I thought, like Bernie Ecclestone did, that this was all a marketing ploy so that people would talk about Mercedes. But it seems like 80% of British people don't want to see Hamilton in that car this season. Maybe it's because it would be a British driver to replace him.

"Anyway, the situation is quite unpleasant for Lewis."

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Former F1 driver Giedo van der Garde thinks the situation is a double-edged sword for 36-year-old Hamilton, with both his on-track dominance and off-track personality a turn-off for some fans.

He told RTL GP: "He has really changed as a person. Sometimes Lewis went crazy off the track, but not anymore. What he does on the track is great, but outside the track he has become a bit of a boring guy. It's the opposite with Max (Verstappen). He changes zero. He has remained a normal guy who you can always laugh with."

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