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Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes F1 team boss Toto Wolff think they will soon put together a deal beyond 2018 for the four-time F1 world champion. Various news sources reported that, the Brit is ready to sign the most lucrative driver contract in F1 history with Silver Arrows, believed to earn up to £40m-per-year.

Lewis expecting to sign his new deal extension that will see him remain with the four-time consecutive constructor champions until the end of the 2020 season. While Hamilton was speaking questions about his performances off the track, his 2017 rival Sebastian Vettel was busy facing ones about Ferrari’s presentation on it, having managed to throw away the title last season when unreliability wrecked Vettel’s chance to fight Hamilton and clinch what would’ve been his fifth drivers’ championship.

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“To stand here now is very special for all of us,” said Vettel at Ferrari’s launch of the SF-71H in Maranello. “The team are waiting for us to say how the car feels so we can’t wait to get on to the track and see how it performs and how it behaves.

“That is the answer we all want to get, and we will go from there. For sure there has been a lot of effort on the new car and the attention to detail is impressive.

“The real magic happens underneath but every little detail matters, every part can make a difference, and this year’s car is a big step from last year’s one.”

At the launch of Mercedes’ 2018 car, which boss Wolff said is an evolution of last year’s car, he predicted a new Hamilton deal would be decided in “weeks”.

“Toto knows there is no one better and I know there’s nowhere better, so we’re comfortable and committed to each other, hopefully we’ll have something done before the first race of the season.” Hamilton, said.

He said Wolff doesn’t have to worry that he might suddenly break off talks and look elsewhere for 2019.

“In the whole six years I have been here, I have not spoken to anyone else and that shows how committed I am,” said the Briton.

Where there is change is in how Hamilton runs his social media accounts. Earlier in the winter, Hamilton deleted his Twitter and Instagram content after a controversy broke about him saying his nephew should not wear a princess dress.

“I have been very open with my life for several years, but we’re in a strange time in the world where things are magnified a lot more than they were, I will continue to show the world what I am doing, but it is about being more strategic.” He added

All fighter will come to light when pre-season testing begins on Monday, with the season getting underway on the weekend of 23-25 March at the Australian Grand Prix.

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