Lewis Hamilton signs new Sh4.6Billion-a-year Mercedes contract

Sherman Parsons
July 21, 2018

Daniel Ricciardo, a two-time victor this season, is out of contract with Red Bull but Mercedes do not appear to want to risk rocking their stable ship.

A crash in Silverstone's opening practice session necessitated an entire vehicle build on a new chassis.

Last race in Silverstone gave birth to a lot of controversies.

"The years are not defined by one race, but by 21". Formula One is not committed to all the teams moving forwards beyond 2021 just yet, and I am interested to see how all of that plays out.

It seems increasingly likely McLaren will have a vacant seat soon with increasing speculation that Fernando Alonso is ready to quit both the team and the sport.

Mercedes have dominated F1 since 2014, winning four consecutive drivers' and constructors' championship doubles. He is in no position to adopt a No. 1 role in what is a struggling team and after 31 disappointing races his position must be in some doubt. But he has yet to win after 10 races this season. Ferrari is rumoued to be taking Charles Leclerc from Sauber, but it remains to be confirmed and there are still some who want Kimi Raikkonen to stay, to avoid destablising the current equilibrium.

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Lewis Hamilton signs new Sh4.6Billion-a-year Mercedes contract

The championship leader, racing on home soil for the first time in two years, painted a gloomy picture of the future, however.

The four-time world champion knew he would be unable to coast back to the pit-lane and cut a loan figure as he jumped from the driver's seat in a bid to push it home. The racing team was also quick to point out that Hamilton has never been without Mercedes power. The Finn has won three races for Mercedes - all in 2017 - and is now fifth in the drivers' championship having retired from the lead in the closing stages in Azerbaijan and from second place in Austria.

Is the best good enough?

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

"That's Lewis Hamilton's qualifying session over". Woud you bet against him reversing that, though?

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