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Lewis Hamilton signs contract extension with Mercedes

20 July, 2018, 21:54 | Author: Candice Daniels
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The Hockenheim paddock is buzzing with the news that Lewis Hamilton's new two-year Mercedes contract has finally been announced.

Although he now trails rival Sebastian Vettel by 15 points in the Drivers World Championship, Hamilton insists the his team are "more hungry than ever" and "eager to win", adding that his "competitive passion is shared by each member of the group".

The' announcement comes before the team's home race in Germany, with Hamilton trailing Sebastian Vettel in the championship by eight points.

"I don't talk about those details", Hamilton said.

"In terms of other teams approaching me, one did, but I didn't give it any air", said Hamilton, whose contract extension will keep him with Mercedes until the end of 2020, matching Vettel's commitment to Ferrari.

Following months of speculation about the negotiations and whether Hamilton would move to another team, the 33-year-old is now tied to Mercedes until the conclusion of the 2020 season. 11 years later, he now has four world titles, 65 race wins and 76 pole positions, putting him ahead of the names of nearly everyone to have ever driven an F1 auto.

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Both parties began talks over a new deal before the season had begun, however, Hamilton who is known for negotiating his own deals, stated he was never in a rush to put pen to paper, knowing there was trust in his relationship with Wolff.

"I can't wait to see what we can achieve together in the next two-and-a-half seasons".

The crowds have dwindled since the Schumacher era, despite Vettel winning four titles between 2010-13 and the domination of Mercedes with Nico Rosberg taking the crown in 2016. "This year, with a full winter of preparation, I have been able to make a good step forward and I believe that there is still more to come". "I think probably it's to do with the fact that generally, you have to pay money to get a grand prix". "I love working with this team, I love the team spirit, the atmosphere in the team and everyone is pushing so hard for the results".

Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas was fifth from Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.

"Mercedes has become Lewis' home in Formula 1 and his story is linked forever with the silver and green of Mercedes-AMG", he added. "Sometimes on track, I remember I drove into him and crashed into him, but the way we handle things is very similar and very straightforward".

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