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F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton signs two-year deal to stay with Mercedes

Mercedes has announced that four-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has signed a new, two-year contract to remain with the team, putting an end to speculation about his future in the sport.

At the age of 36, 20-time grand slam champion Roger Federer is the clear favourite to hoist an astonishing ninth title on centre court. He has played in two warmup events prior to Wimbledon, winning in Stuggart but was unable to win in Halle for the tenth time, losing to the 21-year-old Borna Coric in the final. He was in better form heading into SW19 last year, not losing a single match on grass en route to the title. However, as Roger has proved many times before, he plays his best tennis at the All England Club.

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Hamilton's new contract sees him remain with the team he has won three of his four world championship titles with, as well as a staggering 44 victories since joining the German manufacturer from McLaren in 2013.

The extended deal - which ends one of the long-running stories of this season - is thought to have been agreed in principle weeks ago, but required sign off from the Daimler board and maintains Hamilton as one of the highest paid drivers in F1 and the highest paid British sportsman.

"This contract extension has basically been a formality since Toto [Wolff] and I sat down during the winter, so it's good to put pen to paper, announce it and then get on with business as usual," Hamilton said.

"I have been part of the Mercedes racing family for 20 years and I have never been happier inside a team than I am right now. We are on the same wavelength both on and off track - and I am looking forward to winning more in the future and shining even more light on the three-pointed star. I'm very confident that Mercedes is the right place to be over the coming years.

"Although we have enjoyed so much success together since 2013, Mercedes is hungrier than ever - from Dr Zetsche and the board members at the top of Daimler, through Toto and the team management, to every single person I meet in the corridors of Brixworth and Brackley," he added.

"The competitive passion that burns bright inside me is shared by every single member of this group - always chasing the next improvement and digging even deeper to make sure we come out on top. I can't wait to see what we can achieve together in the next two-and-a-half seasons."

Hamilton, whose relationship with Mercedes stretches back as far as 1998 when he was signed to McLaren’s young driver programme by Ron Dennis, is the third driver confirmed on the grid for 2019 along with Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari and Max Verstappen committed to Red Bull.

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