F1 insider | Ecclestone gives his verdict on Hamilton’s “Verstappen” clause

A clause in Lewis Hamilton’s new Mercedes contract is causing debate. We put this contract detail into a historic perspective

Lewis Hamilton’s (36) contract extension with Mercedes, which according to F1-Insider.com information will be officially announced next week, has caused a small earthquake in the Formula 1 landscape. Especially the so-called “Verstappen clause”, which insiders believe the British superstar had got written into his  new contract, is causing quite a lot of debate.

The background: Hamilton is said to have secured himself a say in the decision on who will be his teammate in the future, should he wish to pull his option and stay another year. None of the protagonists will confirm such a contract detail, but one possible reason is obvious: Red Bull’s wonder boy Max Verstappen (23), who some experts believe already would be able to beat the Briton in the same car, certainly is somebody Hamilton doesn’t want to put up with  in the autumn of his career.  –-read more