Valtteri Bottas contract talks only took two weeks

Lewis Hamilton cutting a disconsolate figure after his Mercedes car stopped

Lewis Hamilton has agreed a two-year contract extension with Mercedes through to the end of the 2020 Formula One season, the team have announced.

Already paid handsomely, the former McClaren man's new two-year contract until 2020 is £30 million a year, with a further £10 million available in bonuses.

Lewis Hamilton's bid for a fifth world title suffered a setback Saturday when his Mercedes vehicle broke down and forced him to abandon qualifying for the German Grand Prix. Ferrari has not won the constructors' title since 2008, a year after its last drivers' championship.

The pole, in a track record time of one minute 11.212 seconds, drew a huge roar from the crowd on a damp day at Hockenheim.

"I didn't really understand exactly what had happened so in my mind I was thinking get the vehicle back to the track, but they asked me to turn the auto off", said Hamilton, his dreams of a record-equalling fourth German GP win seemingly in tatters.

The Briton has also dropped points as a result of strategy errors by Mercedes.




Hamilton was more clear when he said he had not sought offers from rival teams, having made an early commitment to Mercedes and Wolff. 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. "Eventually, we sat down at home and got through it real quick".

"I felt a small amount of pressure went off my shoulders, even though you don't want to think about it, but between the races you do", he said. I wasn't expecting to be as excited as I am.

The Formula One champion looked to be safely through the first session with seconds left on the clock before his gearbox failed, leaving him in fourth and it took a mammoth effort to reach Q2.

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