After months of discussions and media speculation, Hamilton's new Mercedes deal was finally confirmed ahead of this week's German GP with the four-time world champion committing his future to the team and F1 until the end of 2020.
The 33-year-old Englishman's new contract cements his status as Britain's biggest sporting earner as well as the best-paid driver in Formula One history. With Red Bull it is expected that Daniel Ricciardo will re-sign.
Hamilton and Mercedes have managed to become the most dominant combo since Formula 1 switched to hybrid power in 2014.
At one point, when Schumacher was at his peak, Germany had two races a year. He also ranks second lifetime behind Schumacher for total wins at 65, though that is quite a ways behind Schumacher's impressive 91 wins; 44 of Hamilton's first-place finishes have come with Mercedes-AMG. He is in no position to adopt a No. 1 role in what is a struggling team and after 31 disappointing races his position must be in some doubt.
However, clearly still unhappy at missing out on a record sixth home win, the Briton has cast doubt on Ferrari's post-race celebrations at Silverstone suggesting they signify an inherent weakness within the team.
Towards the front of the grid there's much speculation about Kimi Raikkonen remaining at Ferrari and his seat being taken by the 20-year-old Charles Leclerc who now drives a Sauber powered by a Ferrari engine.
Next year will also see Red Bull switch from Renault to Honda engines and Sainz believes there is now little difference between the two manufacturers, although he considers the French marque to be on the verge of serious development in the next couple of years.
"Congrats", said the world championship leader.
"In terms of the other guys approaching, one did but I didn't give it any time", Hamilton said. The Finn has won three races for Mercedes - all in 2017 - and is now fifth in the drivers' championship having retired from the lead in the closing stages in Azerbaijan and from second place in Austria. Lewis Hamilton accused Ferrari team of interesting tactics, thus indirectly accusing Kimi Raikkonen of intentionally crashing into him.
Hamilton joined Mercedes in 2013, after six seasons with McLaren.
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