Take this with the customary spoonful of salt but the latest Formula 1 market rumors have Mercedes offering Lewis Hamilton a 75 million Euro, almost 100 million dollar, three year contract.
Such an offer would be in entirely a different financial galaxy from anything Hamilton is likely to get from Mclaren and one certainly ad odds with previous talk of Mercedes scaling back its F1 efforts in the coming years. A number enormous enough to entice the 2008 World Champion away from his Mclaren nest and to what has to be said is a wealthy but uncertain future.
Along with the offer to Hamilton, talk is of an almost equal offer made to Schumacher: 50 million Euro for two years followed by a contracts as an MB "ambassador" at 10 million per year. If these reports are correct, someone had changed convinced Mercedes' board that it's not good to leave F1 as a "meh" team.
Schumacher has been going fast recently but in all this talk there was no mention of the one guy who actually won a race for Mercedes, Rosberg is supposed to have a signed contract... but hey, it's F1!