Lewis Hamilton's New Mercedes Contract Is Genuinely Mindblowing

Sebastian Vettel- Scuderia Ferrari- Hockenheimring

"I've been part of the Mercedes racing family for 20 years and I've never been happier in a team than I am right now", Hamilton said in a statement issued by Mercedes.

Lewis Hamilton finally ended speculation over his future on Thursday (Jul 19) as the four-time world champion signed a blockbuster two-year contract extension with Mercedes.

If accurate, Hamilton's new deal will maintain the 33-year-old's status as the highest-paid British sportsman.

"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 immediate task is to overhaul Sebastian Vettel's eight point lead in this season's drivers' championship by beating the Ferrari star in his home race on Sunday.

Although Mercedes did not reveal specifics of Hamilton's contract extension it is understood that the four-time world champion will earn up to £40million a year until the end of 2020. "We have got a great relationship, and it has gone from strength to strength", said Hamilton.

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Zach Johnson and Thomas, who are both capable of taking Spieth's crown, opened with rounds of 69, while Fowler shot a 70. Fowler has nine top-10 finishes at major championships in his career and two top 10s in eight career Open starts.

I think Charles, one way or the other, will have a great career, he's a great guy, he's fast, he's got everything.

"I said from day one, 'I am not looking anywhere else, I'm not talking to anyone else, I am not investigating to see what other options there are, I'm not playing you against anybody else".

"For sure I hope quite soon there will be some news, I'm pretty confident there will be", he said.

The other two teams are Scuderia Ferrari and Aston Martin Red Bull Racing.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium after winning the French Grand Prix last month. It's just half an hour away where I was born and grew up. I had a contract in place, I just didn't feel like I had to rush, we'll do it when I'm ready and when we're ready. I wasn't expecting to be as excited as I am.

The Briton, victor of 65 grands prix and with a record 76 career pole positions from 218 races, said on Thursday that he was still hungry for success.

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