Lewis Hamilton re-signs with Mercedes until 2020

Marcus Newton
July 21, 2018

"His relationship with the team, including Lewis, is open and trusting, without any politics at all".

He went on to explain that the two-year duration of the deal was a "strategic decision", as Formula One has yet to finalise commercial contracts with teams beyond the end of 2020.

"Mercedes has become Lewis' home in Formula 1 and his story is linked forever with the silver and green of Mercedes-AMG", he added.

Hamilton's Mercedes deal makes him Britain's highest paid sportsman.

However, clearly still unhappy at missing out on a record sixth home win, the Briton has cast doubt on Ferrari's post-race celebrations at Silverstone suggesting they signify an inherent weakness within the team.

"This contract extension has basically been a formality since Toto and I sat down during the winter, so it's good to put pen to paper, announce it and then get on with business as usual", said Hamilton. It means we can have a full focus on the championship fight, " said Bottas, who acknowledged he must keep proving himself.

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Unquestionably the young Frenchman would jump at the opportunity to join the legendary marque but are the Italian team ready to put their faith in such a young driver and how intent are they in appeasing their No. 1 driver, the title-chasing Sebastian Vettel? "But I wouldn't want it any other way".

"'While I know there are drivers calling you, which I expect, I also trust you are not thinking to do anything else, so we can take our time'". "Now we take the English flag and hang it in Maranello".

Daniel Ricciardo, a two-time victor this season, is out of contract with Red Bull but Mercedes do not appear to want to risk rocking their stable ship.

So did Ferrari offer Hamilton this new contract, or did Red Bull Racing do so? This was my third contract with the team and I'm just really, really excited about the plan.

"I would be happy to continue like that, but it is not for me to mention, or to decide".

"This is something I've never seen from him before". "I think that's where the main problem is - Germany's not ready to spend money on having the race to advertise F1, advertise racing, advertise Germany to attract people coming here". In total, he has 61 Formula One wins over the course of his career, second only to Michael Schumacher.

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