F1 Gossip: Hamilton contract latest and Honda’s engine plans

An update on Lewis Hamilton's contract situation with Mercedes, Honda's engine upgrade plan revealed, and COTA open to hosting two races in 2021. It's all in the latest F1 gossip column...
F1 Gossip: Hamilton contract latest and Honda’s engine plans

- 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

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