“Lewis is invaluable to Mercedes and to the whole of F1. He is the figurehead of the series. That has its price.
“Even if this is 45 million euros in the end.”
Hamilton wrapped up the title last time out in Turkey but that hasn’t stopped him qualifying on pole position for the Bahrain Grand Prix this afternoon.
The world champion thinks Red Bull could be real challengers though with Max Verstappen third and Alex Albon lining up in fourth.
“The Red Bulls and Max have been incredibly fast this weekend, as we’ve seen through practice,” said Hamilton.