Lewis Hamilton chases £45m pay rise to stay with Mercedes

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton could become Formula One's first $60million driver which approximately equates to £45m a year, one rival team principal privately estimated.

It is not entirely right to say Lewis Hamilton is only driving for pride and the records of Michael Schumacher.As one rival team principal estimated privately on Friday, the world champion’s next contract at Mercedes could make him Formula One’s first $60million driver.That equates to about £45m a year — up from £32m — and concentrates the mind when the season’s prizes have already been handed out.Hamilton continues to field questions about his future coquettishly — but behind his contradicto...