Mercedes hands Bottas 2019 F1 contract extension

James May Richard Hammond in Ferrari 458 Speciale

James May Richard Hammond in Ferrari 458 Speciale

"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", Hamilton commented. I enjoy working with the team, and also being teammates with Lewis - we have a good relationship, honest and straightforward, and always aiming to get the right results for Mercedes.

Lewis Hamilton has agreed a two-year contract extension with Mercedes through to the end of the 2020 Formula One season, the team have announced.

"I hope that because of the fact that we failed in football this year that people saved a little bit of money on barbecues and so on and they can come here and go camping this weekend", said Vettel, who grew up in nearby Heppenheim.

Hamilton has put pen to paper on a bumper new contract. The 33-year-old is comfortably the best-paid employee in the team, although that is not including Toto Wolff, the Mercedes team principal, as he is the part-owner and probably takes home more.

Hamilton is chasing his fifth world crown this season to join Michael Schumacher and Juan Manuel Fangio as the only other driver to have won more than four titles.

James May Richard Hammond in Ferrari 458 Speciale

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. "The competitive passion that burns bright inside me is shared by every single member of this group". The 2005/2006 World Champion wants and deserves a drive in a title-winning vehicle but a seat is not going to become available for him amongst the "big three" and the Spaniard deciding to draw his 17 year F1 career to a close at the end of 2018 looks inevitable.

Hamilton's stoppage was met with huge cheers in the grandstands and opened a huge opportunity for reigning championship leader Sebastian Vettel, who grew up just down the road from Hockenheim, to strike another blow in this year's title fight.

All of his achievements have made Hamilton the most successful Mercedes driver in the company's 112-year motorsports history.

"Lewis and the engineers are all the same to me in their respective roles", Wolff said.

We're only halfway through the 2018 Formula One World Championship, but Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport has already confirmed its driver line-up for the 2019 season. I think the Renault and Honda engines are very close, maybe with a small advantage for us.

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There have even been calls for Modric to win the Ballon d'Or award, given to the best player in a calendar year. Should England hold on for the win, the Three Lions will take on France in the final on Sunday.

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