Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas agree new Mercedes deals

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas agree new Mercedes deals

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas agree new Mercedes deals

As the cars were being removed from their crates and prepared for Friday's practice session news came through that Lewis Hamilton had signed a new contract with Mercedes keeping him at the team until the end of 2020.

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.

It could prove a huge moment in the title race with Hamilton now eight points adrift of Ferrari ace Sebastian Vettel ahead of Sunday's race in Germany.

Hamilton had been only fifth fastest in the opening qualifying session, with speculation - dismissed by the team - earlier on Saturday that he was either feeling unwell or suffering from a stiff leg.

"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.

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The deals were announced at the German Grand Prix with the F1 season reaching its halfway point, and with the usually-dominant Mercedes team under a bit of pressure. It is the stability that the team will want to fight for titles with in the next two years. "We have got a great relationship, and it has gone from strength to strength", said Hamilton. "Now we take the English flag and hang it in Maranello". I said from day one, 'Look, I'm not talking to anyone else, I'm not investigating to see what other options there are, I'm not playing you against anyone else.

"'While I know there are drivers calling you, which I expect, I also trust you are not thinking to do anything else".

"It is always fantastic to have the real F1 drivers spending time with the game and giving us feedback on the handling and the game as a whole".

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo is another one whose future has yet to be decided amidst standard showings in the previous grand prix outings.

"I just kept delaying it", he added. This was my third contract with the team and I'm just really, really excited about the plan. "Eventually, we sat down at home and got through it real quick". "I don't think that's going to be necessary". In total, he has 61 Formula One wins over the course of his career, second only to Michael Schumacher.

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