F1 Gossip: Hamilton contract latest and Honda’s engine plans
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– Lewis Hamilton is reportedly willing to take a pay cut to stay with Mercedes until the end of the 2022 F1 season, but wants his winning bonus to be doubled. Meanwhile, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has set a 15 June deadline for talks to be concluded (Daily Mail) – Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko has revealed that Honda will hold off introducing its permitted engine upgrade for as long as possible in a bid to extract the most performance out of it. In contrast, rivals Mercedes and Ferrari moved onto fresh engines in Baku (Auto motor und Sport) – The Circuit of the Americas is open to hosting two F1 races this year to fill the void left by the cancellation of the Singapore Grand Prix (ESPN) – 1997 F1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve believes Max Verstappen and Red Bull deserved to keep their championship leads after the Azerbaijan Grand Prix after Lewis Hamilton’s “big mistake” (RaceFans) – Meanwhile, ex-Ferrari F1 driver Eddie Irvine believes Verstappen is “definitely the fastest driver” on the current grid, but reckons Hamilton is “still the top driver” (Betway, via MotorsportWeek) – Four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon has revealed that discussions took place on two separate occasions about him potentially making a sensational switch to F1. Gordon said he held talks with Jaguar and Williams (F1.com) Related ArticlesaccImages.createImage(); Red Bull “clearly” faster than Mercedes – HamiltonaccImages.createImage(); How Perez passed the Red Bull F1 test those before him failed
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