Monday, 22 October, 2018

Bottas joins Hamilton is staying at Mercedes

The pole in a track record time of one minute 11.212 seconds drew a huge roar from the crowd on a damp day at Hockenheim The pole in a track record time of one minute 11.212 seconds drew a huge roar from the crowd on a damp day at Hockenheim
Jennie Wade | 21 July, 2018, 17:39

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

It's official: Lewis Hamilton has committed to the Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 team for another two seasons, in a deal worth a reported £40m a year.

The reigning world champion declined an opportunity to deny that Ferrari were the only team to approach him before finally agreeing to his blockbuster two-year contract extension with Mercedes.

"We are very pleased to extend Valtteri's contract with Mercedes for another season at least - and to be able to confirm an unchanged driver line-up for 2019, ahead of our home race in Hockenheim", Wolff said.

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

This means that the focus in the driver market will switch to Red Bull and Ferrari, the next teams in the F1 pecking order.

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"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 who joined the Mercedes team in 2013.

Team chief Toto Wolff said: "Valtteri's performances have been excellent this season and, if not for our mistakes and his misfortune, he could be leading the drivers' championship".

He will be netting himself £40 million-a-year to stay at Brackley-based team.

"The one thing that shows is the trust we have between each other". Other countries are prepared to fund the grand prix and I think that's where the main problem is. While I know there are drivers calling you - which I expect - I also trust that you're not thinking to do anything else, so we can take our time'. "Now we take the English flag and hang it in Maranello".

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 like Kimi. We get along and we have never had any issues. I am also very conscious of how long it is beyond retirement". "I don't think that's going to be necessary". His number of wins is second only to seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher's tally of 91.

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