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5 Ways Lewis Hamilton’s New Mercedes Contract Could Affect F1 Driver Market

The wait was longer than anticipated, but Mercedes have finally confirmed Lewis Hamilton's signing of a new three-year contract. The deal, which according to BBC Sport's Andrew Benson is worth around £27 million per year, was described as a "formality" by Hamilton after the last race of 2014, per Sky Sports, but it took until the fifth round of the 2015 season for pen to touch paper. Since arriving from McLaren at the beginning of 2013, Hamilton has won a total of 15 grands prix for Mercedes, with 11 of those victories coming last season as the British driver secured his second world tile. And when you consider the Silver Arrows' current performance advantage over their rivals—Hamilton currently enjoys a relatively comfortable c...

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