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F1 Champion, Lewis Hamilton Signs Mega ‘£40m-a-year Contract’ With Mercedes

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Formula 1 world champion, Lewis Hamilton has finally signed his new Mercedes contract reportedly worth £40million-a-year, ending speculation over his future. 

The seven-time world champion’s initial deal with the all-conquering Silver Arrows expired on the final day of December 2020. 

Mercedes’s team principal, Toto Wolff indicated at the end of January that they were in talks over renewing his deal, but admitted having a disagreement with his star driver on Zoom over the terms of his latest deal.

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It was reported that Hamilton was holding out for a three-year deal, while the Silver Arrows were reluctant to agree to those terms.

But the two parties have finally come to an agreement, with Hamilton’s mega-money contract now confirmed ahead of the new season set to kick off in Bahrain on March 28.

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Hamilton has won six of his seven world championships with Mercedes and is favorite to land No.8 this season, which will see him surpass Michael Schumacher. 

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F1 World Champion, Lewis Hamilton to be Knighted in the UK

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35-year-old Formula One (F1) World Champion, Lewis Hamilton has been included in the New Year’s Honours list to receive Knighthood in the United Kingdom.

According to reports from Daily Mail, he was placed on the ‘Diplomatic and Overseas List’ by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to enable him to bypass tax concerns after a first move to have him knighted was criticised by some who accused him of living in tax exile in Monaco.

Hamilton who is already an MBE will become the fourth F1 driver to be knighted after Sir Jack Brabham, Sir Stirling Moss and Sir Jackie Stewart.

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The seven-time F1 champion recently won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year for a second time.

Hamilton has been vocal in the push for diversity in sport and has not hidden his support for the Black Lives Movement.

He recently told BBC Radio 4: “There is no way that I could stay silent. And once I said that to myself, I didn’t hold any fear.

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“We can’t let this movement die a quiet death. We have got to keep it alive but I think the curriculums need to shift finally. And my nieces and nephews, I want them to learn about both of their sides.”

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BBC Sports Crowns Lewis Hamilton Sports Personality Of The Year

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The 35-year-old claimed his seventh Formula One title this year to equal Michael Schumacher’s record, and overcame Jordan Henderson and Hollie Doyle to win the broadcaster’s prestigious prize after a public vote.

Lewis Hamilton crowned another hugely successful year with victory in the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year poll.

In October the Mercedes driver eclipsed Schumacher’s record of race wins, with his 92nd success coming at the Portuguese Grand Prix.

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The 35-year-old, from Stevenage, also surpassed Schumacher’s total of 91 grand prix wins.

In a public vote, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson finished second while jockey Hollie Doyle was third.

Boxer Tyson Fury, England cricketer Stuart Broad and snooker great Ronnie O’Sullivan were also shortlisted for the main award.

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“I want to say congratulations to all the incredible nominees,” said Hamilton. “I’m so proud of what they have achieved and I want to say thank you to everyone that has voted for me.

“I wasn’t expecting this knowing there’s so many great contenders.

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“I want to say Merry Christmas to everyone – it’s been such an unusual year and I want to mention all the front line workers and all the children round the world, I want you to try and stay positive through this difficult time, I’m sending you all positivity. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

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