Hamilton signs deal making him best paid F1 driver ever
20 July, 2018, 11:28 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
Lewis Hamilton has praised Team Principal Toto Wolff over his patience throughout the lengthy contract negotiations, following confirmation of Hamilton's extended two-year Mercedes contract.
Mercedes has won the past four drivers' and constructors' championships - with Hamilton clinching three of them - but this season is testing the Silver Arrows team.
Since joining Mercedes in 2013, Hamilton has secured three world drivers' championships and 44 Grand Prix wins with the team.
Hamilton's new deal is worth a reported 163;40 million euros ($52 million) per year, cementing his position as the Formula One's highest paid driver and his country's top-earning sportsman.
Asked to confirm whether it was Ferrari, he said: "You can make whatever assumption that you want!"
Eventually when we sat down at home we got through it real quick, but the lawyers always make it way longer than it needs to be, but me and Toto rushed through things real quick... "We have got a great relationship and it has gone from strength to strength". Then there were bits here and there where I was like "Hey, Toto can I change this or can we do this instead of that" and then we didn't really revisit it for another few weeks.
"In terms of other teams approaching [me], one did, but I didn't give it any air", Hamilton said.
"I said from day one 'I am not looking anywhere else?" I'm not talking to anyone else.
"Yeah, if the result is the other way around I'll look forward to that!" I'm not playing you against anybody else.
"I made a decision to take my time with it", Hamilton said.
The Brit's extension with Mercedes is likely to see Daniel Ricciardo follow suit with Red Bull.
Mercedes' British driverLewis Hamilton has signed on for another two years with the Formula One team.
"Maybe the nation is a little bit full or exhausted of racing, I don't know", ventured Renault's Nico Hulkenberg, now one of just two German drivers on the grid but still without a podium finish to his credit in 145 starts.
"All I can tell you is I still feel pretty great".
"I would be happy to continue like that, but it is not for me to mention or to decide", said Vettel. I wasn't expecting to be as excited as I am.
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