Lewis Hamilton contract hint dropped by F1 CEO as Mercedes man earns knighthood

New Formula One chief Stefano Domenicali has hinted that Lewis Hamilton has already put pen to paper on a new Mercedes contract ahead of the 2021 season.

Hamilton is set to receive a knighthood in the New Year’s Honours after storming to a record seventh F1 world title earlier this year.

As well as equalling the great Michael Schumacher for championship wins, the British superstar also surpassed his race-win record and now boasts a total of 95 victories.

His current £40million-a-year Mercedes deal is set to expire, although both parties have dropped hints that an extension for the 2021 season is a certainty rather than a possibility.

And now Domenicali, who is poised to replace Chase Carey as F1 CEO from next year onwards, has suggested Hamilton has already committed his future to Mercedes.

Speaking after confirmation of the 35-year-old’s knighthood, Domenicali said: “Lewis is a true giant of our sport and his influence is huge both in and out of a car.

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“What he has achieved is phenomenal with still more to come.

“All of us at Formula 1 congratulate him on this well deserved recognition of his achievements and look forward to seeing more of his brilliance in 2021.”

Mercedes also tweeted ‘#announce’ on December 17, followed by the ‘coming soon’ emoji and another of a hand signing a contract.

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Their tweet was accompanied by a quote from Hamilton which read: “I plan to be here next year. I want to be here next year. As a team we have more to do together, more to achieve both in the sport and more outside the sport.”

Hamilton’s name is on the FIA entry list for 2021 as a Mercedes driver, and confirmation of his new contract appears to be imminent.

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