Lewis Hamilton re-signs with Mercedes until 2020

Brendon Hartley has plenty of fans in Germany

Lewis Hamilton has agreed a two-year contract extension through to the end of the 2020 Formula One season.

Lewis Hamilton has revealed that a Formula One team other than Mercedes approached him about a 2019 contract, but he insists he did not take the offer seriously.

The Brackley, England-based outfit now has its sights set on the German Grand Prix as it sits 20 points off of Ferrari's lead for the Constructors' with Hamilton eight points back on Sebastian Vettel for the Drivers' Title.

Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton suffered a major setback to his German Grand Prix hopes on Saturday after stopping on track, and then trying to push his vehicle, during a dramatic qualifying session.

"It's good to put pen to paper, announce it, and then get on with business as usual", Hamilton said.

Indeed, since Hamilton joined Mercedes back in 2013, he's won 44 races and three world titles.

The spokesman said it was important to stop the vehicle to prevent "heat soak damage" to the power unit as happened to team-mate Bottas during the race in Austria earlier this month.

The top three qualifiers for the German Grand Prix Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri
Lewis Hamilton re-signs with Mercedes until 2020

While Hamilton endured a tense and sometimes bitter relationship with Rosberg, complete with finger-pointing and recriminations, he gets on very well with Bottas.

"I said from day one 'I am not looking anywhere else?"

"Most people would not have been given the timeframe I chose to take, but the one thing that shows is the trust we have between each other". I'm not talking to anyone 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".

Friday's running, however, suggested that there was little to separate the top three teams as Red Bull were fastest in both sessions - Daniel Ricciardo in the morning and Max Verstappen in the afternoon. "I had a contract in place, I just didn't feel like I had to rush". "I don't think that's going to be necessary".

"I wasn't expecting to feel as excited as I am now in signing this extension". His number of wins is second only to seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher's tally of 91.

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