Just a few months ago, Mercedes announced Lewis had signed on with the team until the end of 2025, but it has now been revealed it was actually a one-year deal with an option for an additional year.
Lewis obviously chose not to go for that additional year, and instead decided to sign a reported three-year deal with Ferrari.
In a talk with CNBC, Mercedes’ team boss Toto Wolff explains the thinking behind Lewis’ current ‘short-term’ deal.
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“So last year when we signed a new deal, we wanted to keep it short to see what the future will hold,” the Austrian said.
“And that was an agreement we had with Lewis. We knew that this would eventually end maybe two years down the line, but we knew there was the option for a one-year deal.
“And insofar the timing was a bit of a surprise, but the decision in itself didn’t come out of nowhere.”