Mercedes warned over Hamilton ‘delusion’ as contract talks reach decisive moment

Mercedes have been told that they are "deluded" if they think they can "replace Lewis Hamilton with another driver and have the same element of success".

That is according to former F1 team boss Eddie Jordan, who believes the two parties will come to an agreement because "the world of F1 needs Lewis Hamilton in it."

Speaking to the BBC's 'This Sporting Life' podcast, Jordan said: "Lewis Hamilton is the jewel in the crown. He's the one every TV station wants to interview.

"Mercedes are probably saying a lot of this is to do with the car and we've given him an outstanding chance to be world champion because he has the best car. That's not in dispute.

"However, if they think they can replace Lewis Hamilton with another driver and have the same element of success then I think they are deluded. And one thing's for sure Mercedes and [team boss] Toto Wolf will not be easily deluded.

"He's a very smart guy. He knows exactly the value of Lewis Hamilton and I think they will sit down and come to a good solution because the world of F1 needs Lewis Hamilton in it."

Jordan also believes Mercedes dominance in recent years is "a problem" telling BBC Scotland: "The sport is in a difficult situation because no-one can put their finger on Mercedes.

"They do it better than anybody else. Racing Point won a race last year, that was amazing from Sergio Perez, and Max Verstappen (Red Bull) won the last race but that shouldn't confuse people into thinking it will be much more open.

"Mercedes have the best people and the best engine, so how can they not win the championship? That's a problem for me.

"It's difficult to find the right sponsorship and you're just not going to compete with that."

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