Lewis Hamilton's British GP comments 'silly', says Sebastian Vettel

Hope Soto
July 21, 2018

While no financial details were released by the team, the long-awaited deal is understood to be worth up to £40 million a year for the Briton, which includes performance-related bonuses, cementing his place as the best-paid British sportsman.

"I have been part of the Mercedes racing family for 20 years and I have never been happier inside a team than I am now".

"It was pretty straightforward, because when we spoke with the team already in 2017 and for '18, we already had a plan for the future", he said.

"For me there's been no panicking to try and go anywhere, because once you're down four or five races of the year, it still feels like quite early in the season, but suddenly the time goes very quick, and you realise it's halfway, and it's better to get things sorted", said the Finn. "Although we have enjoyed so much success together since 2013, Mercedes is hungrier than ever".

And Hamilton admitted that with the major rule changes planned for 2021 he was not keen on committing to F1 for longer than the next two and a half seasons.

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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. In the end they have chosen their home grand prix at Hockenheim after teasing the news on Twitter on Thursday morning.

In his time with the team starting in 2014, Hamilton has won the Drivers' Championship three times and is in the hunt for the same honor yet again this season.

Kimi Raikkonen is somewhat of a forgotten man this Formula 1 season, but he does rank third in the championship at the moment, 10 points ahead of Ricciardo and 12 points ahead of Bottas.

Every Grand Prix racer Lewis has piloted has featured Mercedes-Benz power since his debut in 2007.

"There has understandably been a lot of interest and speculation around the whole process, so it's good to put all of that to rest and get this thing announced", Wolff said.

The defending four-time world champion, who will reportedly become Formula One's first $70m a year driver, admitted that another team had attempted to lure him away, but he gave them no encouragement. "We're literally just trying to make sure we understand our tyres, tyre temperatures, different things, and try to be as ideal as we can at the starts and hopefully that will be enough".

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