The 22-year-old is seen as a star of the future by Toto Wolff and has been backed by the Silver Arrows for much of his career.
Mercedes would ultimately be foolhardy to get rid of Hamilton, though.
The seven-time F1 world champion has earned the right to make his demands by matching Schumacher’s record of seven titles.
One more title win and he will be considered by many as the greatest driver of all-time, moving out in front of the German.
Combined with his work for more diversity in the sport Mercedes have a true role model in their car who will be remembered for years to come.