David Coulthard: Lewis Hamilton deserves his £40m a year

Doug Mendoza
July 21, 2018

There are so many great reasons to remain a part of the sport but, who knows, maybe in two years' time my life will be completely different and I will want completely different things to I want know. I think we got along quite well with the tyre selection that we used today.

At the backdrop of the German Grand Prix, Mercedes have confirmed both of their drivers, earlier confirming Lewis Hamilton who will stay with the team at least till 2020 and then Valtteri Bottas, who much like last year, will sign a single year contract.

"All that matters is the team knows exactly how I perform, what I can do in the vehicle, what kind of results I can do, and that I can battle with Lewis".

Hamilton may have been unaware that Vettel ran a new exhaust layout on his Ferrari on Friday, as the Scuderia seek to maintain their rampant development pace.

Hamilton is chasing his fifth world crown this season to join Michael Schumacher and Juan Manuel Fangio as the only other driver to have won more than four titles.

'But I'm super focused on making sure we get everything and more out of the vehicle and myself this weekend.' Hamilton's attempt to spoil the party has started well.

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Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff made no secret of the fact that he has kept an eye on the driver market and explored other options, with Daniel Ricciardo the most obvious potential candidate.

In his time with the team starting in 2014, Hamilton has won the Drivers' Championship three times and is in the hunt for the same honor yet again this season.

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. "This year, with a full winter of preparation, I have been able to make a good step forward - and I believe that there is still more to come", commented Bottas.

"Lewis and the engineers are all the same to me in their respective roles", Wolff said. "I love working with this team, I love the team spirit, the atmosphere in the team and everyone is pushing so hard for the results".

"Mercedes has become Lewis' home in Formula One and his story is linked forever with the silver and green of Mercedes-AMG Petronas. I can't wait to see what we can achieve together in the next two-and-a-half seasons".

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