Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes automobile will once more be painted black for the Briton’s historic assault on an eighth world championship.
Final yr, Hamilton urged the Mercedes hierarchy to vary its conventional silver livery in a defiant message in opposition to racism.
And the German producer is ready to proceed with the identical color scheme when Hamilton begins the defence of his crown in Bahrain on March 28.
Mercedes will hold black livery for the 2021 season within the producer’s stand in opposition to racism
Hamilton, who turned 36 final week, is within the extremely uncommon state of affairs of being out of contract after his £40million-a-season Mercedes deal expired on December 31.
Talking on the season-concluding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in mid-December, Hamilton and group principal Toto Wolff stated discussions over a brand new contract had been but to happen.
The PA information company understands each events have been in dialogue in current weeks, and though discussions are progressing, a conclusion to the saga will not be imminent.
Lewis Hamilton had urged the Mercedes hierarchy to vary its iconic conventional silver livery
Mercedes are assured Hamilton, awarded a knighthood within the New 12 months Honours checklist, will prolong his stick with the game’s all-conquering group.
However the size of his new contract is below scrutiny, with stories the record-breaking Briton has been supplied solely a one-year deal.
‘We have now had such a profitable run of championships for the previous seven years, there isn’t a motive why to not proceed,’ stated Wolff on Hamilton’s future.
British famous person Hamilton made historical past final yr however is but to increase his cope with Mercedes
Mercedes are understood to be assured that Hamilton will decide to a brand new contract, although
‘He’s on the highest of his recreation and he shall be for some time, so that’s the reason persevering with collectively is a no brainer.
‘We all the time prioritised the championship and never being distracted by typically tough discussions, as is the character of negotiation, after which Covid struck with Lewis so it has delayed us a bit, however we’re not apprehensive in ultimately getting it finished.
‘We aren’t placing a particular date on it. Eventually it must be finished and the newest is after we go testing (in March).’