Lewis Hamilton Extends Mercedes Stay With New Two-Year Deal

Lewis Hamilton Extends Mercedes Stay With New Two-Year Deal

Hamilton tried to nurse his Mercedes back to the pits so that his team could try to fix the auto, knowing that if he could not make it back under his own steam, he would be eliminated from qualifying.

The news comes just a day after the announcement of Lewis Hamilton's two-year extension, and gives the team valuable continuity until the final season of the current rules package.

F1 World champion Lewis Hamilton has put pen to paper on a new mega deal with Mercedes that will see the 33-year old earn even more big bucks than he already does.

Mercedes-AMG hot shoe, Lewis Hamilton, will stick around for another two years.

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.

Mercedes head of motorsport Toto Wolff says this was an important factor, strengthening the view that Bottas is effectively a No. 2 driver behind Hamilton. It means we can have a full focus on the championship fight, " said Bottas, who acknowledged he must keep proving himself. "There is not one more important".

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Next year will also see Red Bull switch from Renault to Honda engines and Sainz believes there is now little difference between the two manufacturers, although he considers the French marque to be on the verge of serious development in the next couple of years. I am not investigating to see what other options there are.

"'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'". That's the same tenure as Sebastian Vettel has agreed with Ferrari and Max Verstappen at Red Bull.

Hamilton's new contract goes to the end of the Concorde Agreement, with a new set of rules and regulations for F1 set for 2021 onward. "I had a contract in place, I just didn't feel like I had to rush".

"It's been great and I'm really happy with the process".

"Since it's not in my hands, I don't even think about it".

The Formula One champion looked to be safely through the first session with seconds left on the clock before his gearbox failed, leaving him in fourth and it took a mammoth effort to reach Q2.

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