Lewis Hamilton on the brink of signing new £40m Mercedes contract after Formula One champions tease announcement as ‘coming soon’
- Lewis Hamilton has said he has wanted his F1 future to be sorted by Christmas
- Hamilton, 35, clinched his seventh world title with Mercedes this season
- He has more race wins, pole positions and podiums than any driver in history
- His team have given a heavy hint that Hamilton’s future is now tied up
Mercedes have all but confirmed that world champion Lewis Hamilton will continue to drive for them next season.
A post on the team’s official Twitter page shortly before 10pm on Thursday carried the hashtag ‘announce’ accompanied by the ‘coming soon’ and ‘pen’ emojis along with a quote from Hamilton expressing his desire to stay with Mercedes.
The 35-year-old won a record-equalling seventh Formula One title last month, six of which have come since his switch from McLaren to Mercedes in 2013.
Mercedes have all but confirmed world champion Lewis Hamilton will drive for them next year
The quote read: ‘I plan to be here next year. I want to be here next year. I think we as a team have more to do together and more to achieve, both in the sport but even more outside it.’
Hamilton’s current wages are £35million per year and the new terms are believed to be at the £40m mark.
The proposed future introduction of a drivers’ salary cap, mooted as part of a drive to level the playing field between the richest and poorest teams in Formula One, might mean that this is Hamilton’s last chance of earning such a staggeringly high sum.
Hamilton equalled Michael Schumacher’s championship haul with his seventh title and already has more race wins, pole positions and podiums that any other driver in the sport’s history.
After finishing third at the season-ending race in Abu Dhabi last weekend, Hamilton said he wanted his future to be resolved before Christmas.
Hamilton won his record-equalling seventh world title in the 2020 season with Mercedes
The Stevenage-born star has been recovering from coronavirus, having tested positive the day after winning the Bahrain Grand Prix last month.
After rushing back to action for the race in Abu Dhabi following just 10 days in isolation he said: ‘I am destroyed. I do not feel good. But I’m happy and grateful I am alive. I live to fight another day and I still managed to finish with a podium.’
He is the favourite to win the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year award on Sunday night.
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