F1 champion Hamilton staying with Mercedes to 2020

Lewis Hamilton re-signs with Mercedes until 2020

Lewis Hamilton yesterday committed to a two-year deal worth up to a reported £80million after protracted contract talks, although the Brit insisted that since sitting down with the team over the winter, an extension was a "formality".

In addition, the Briton, who joined the Silver Arrows from McLaren back in 2013, is set to earn 40 million euros annually as part of the new deal.

"We have not been so lucky in the races this year, but the team knows how I am performing, and this is a great sign of confidence in me and my driving", continued Bottas.

Sebastian Vettel said Thursday he is more concerned with trying to win his home German Grand Prix than giving any consideration to rival Lewis Hamilton's blockbuster two-year contract extension.

The 33-year-old Hamilton has won 65 races - 44 of those with Mercedes - and secured 124 career podiums.

"It's good to put pen to paper, announce it, and then get on with business as usual", Hamilton said.

"It was pretty straightforward, because when we spoke with the team already in 2017 and for '18, we already had a plan for the future", he said.


The Briton, victor of 65 grands prix and with a record 76 career pole positions from 218 races, said on Thursday that he was still hungry for success. "The competitive passion that burns bright inside me is shared by every single member of this group". The racing team was also quick to point out that Hamilton has never been without Mercedes power.

Wolff recognised there had been plenty of speculation in recent months and was happy to put it to bed.

"We signed the final documents this week and didn't want to keep people waiting any longer!"

Wolff hailed Hamilton as one of F1's all-time greats, and praised his professionalism and work ethic above all.

Hamilton may have been unaware that Vettel ran a new exhaust layout on his Ferrari on Friday, as the Scuderia seek to maintain their rampant development pace.

Scuderia Ferrari have always had a strong support in Germany as Michael Schumacher led the team to four consecutive titles and the latest German to race for the prancing horse is pleased to see a lot of red shirts in the crowd.

The biggest changes in 2021 will centre on engines, budget caps, and wealth distribution, in order to create a more level playing field. The 2005/2006 World Champion wants and deserves a drive in a title-winning auto but a seat is not going to become available for him amongst the "big three" and the Spaniard deciding to draw his 17 year F1 career to a close at the end of 2018 looks inevitable.

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