Lewis Hamilton signs new contract with Mercedes
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Lewis Hamilton signs new contract with Mercedes

19/07/2018

Lewis Hamilton has signed a new two-year contract with Mercedes that will keep him at the Formula One team until the end of 2020.

The news puts an end to months of negotiations between team and driver, with the deal estimated to be worth up to £40 million a year. The length of the new contract matches Mercedes' current commitment to Formula One and will tie Hamilton to the team until he is 35 years old.

Although negotiations over details in the contract dragged through to the tenth race of the season, Hamilton said a renewal was never in doubt.

"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," Hamilton said. "I have been part of the Mercedes racing family for 20 years and I have never been happier inside a team than I am right now.

"We are on the same wavelength both on and off track - and I am looking forward to winning more in the future and shining even more light on the three-pointed star. I'm very confident that Mercedes is the right place to be over the coming years.

Although we have enjoyed so much success together since 2013, Mercedes is hungrier than ever - from Dr Zetsche and the board members at the top of Daimler, through Toto and the team management, to every single person I meet in the corridors of Brixworth and Brackley."

"The competitive passion that burns bright inside me is shared by every single member of this group - always chasing the next improvement and digging even deeper to make sure we come out on top. I can't wait to see what we can achieve together in the next two-and-a-half seasons."

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff revealed that the deal was signed earlier this week.

"We have been aligned with Lewis ever since we first sat down to discuss the details of this contract after last season, but there has understandably been a lot of interest and speculation around the whole process, so it's good to put all of that to rest and get this thing announced," he said. "We signed the final documents this week and didn't want to keep people waiting any longer! There is not much about Lewis as a Formula One driver that hasn't been said already - he is one of the all-time greats and his track record speaks for itself.

"But what I enjoy most about working with him is getting to know the man inside the racing helmet: his relentless drive for self-improvement, his emotional intelligence as a team member and his loyalty to those around him. Mercedes has become Lewis' home in Formula One and his story is linked forever with the silver and green of Mercedes-AMG Petronas. I am very confident that we have some incredible chapters of our story together still to come."

Hamilton has not commented on whether this deal will be his last in Formula One, but it will see him out of contract at the same time as Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari and Max Verstappen at Red Bull by the end of 2020. He has been at Mercedes since 2013 when he joined from McLaren after making his F1 debut with the British team in 2007.

His teammate Vallteri Bottas is also expected to sign a contract renewal in the near future, which will see Mercedes retain its current line-up for a third consecutive year.

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