EDDIE JORDAN claimed he would ‘show Sir Lewis Hamilton the door’ if the Formula One legend is driving too hard a bargain over a new contract.
And the Irishman insisted the seven-time world champion is replaceable.
Hamilton, 36, is technically unemployed at the moment after his Mercedes deal expired on December 31.
Talks over an extension worth a record £40million per year rumble on.
But while the two-time Sports Personality of the Year does look set to stay with the Silver Arrows, Jordan is unimpressed by the way Hamilton is handling the situation.
He spent 14 years as an F1 team boss and had the likes of Damon Hill and Michael Schumacher as drivers.
So the now-TV pundit knows what it takes to secure contracts with the sport’s biggest stars – and believes Hamilton does not deserve special treatment despite his success.
Jordan told F1 Insider: “Apparently the parties disagree on the terms. I just heard that Lewis wants more than Mercedes are willing to pay.
“It’s also about sharing the team’s income and having an influential role in the Mercedes group.
“If I were the boss of Daimler, I would show him the door – either you drive on our terms or you go.
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“I would also tell him what Bernie Ecclestone said after Ayrton Senna’s death.
“Even though Bernie was shocked and sad like everyone else, he was the first to regain his composure and said to us, ‘Now stop whining – everyone is replaceable.’
“Lewis should know that by now.”