F1: Lewis Hamilton close to agreeing new deal with Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton wins Tuscan Grand Prix for his 90th GP win

Lewis Hamilton is close to agreeing a new deal with Mercedes.

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 on Thursday night 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.

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.

The Stevenage-born star has been recovering from coronavirus, having tested positive the day after winning the Bahrain Grand Prix last month.

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