Bottas joins Hamilton is staying at Mercedes

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Arguably more interesting is the knock-on effect that the Hamilton deal will have.

The Italian outfit were cleared following an FIA investigation at May's race in Monaco into their controversial battery system.

All told the ebb and flow of the 2018 season seems to change with every race, and while Vettel now leads Hamilton again, things could change this weekend. 'Ferrari have had really good starts at the last three or four races.

"It didn't make sense for me to commit into the unknown, even though it's easy for me to imagine me being at Mercedes, but commercially everything could shift or not". I think we are still missing a little bit in terms of one-lap performance, I think we can improve.

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Le président du PSG , Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, s'est également exprimé sur ses deux stars. "Je reste à Paris, j'ai un contrat". "J'espère qu'on aura du succès cette saison", a ainsi assuré Neymar au micro de Fox Sports .

"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", he added. "We're literally just trying to make sure we understand our tyres, tyre temperatures, different things, and try to be as flawless as we can at the starts and hopefully that will be enough".

"Most people would not have been given the timeframe I chose to take, but the one thing that shows is the trust we have between each other".

Mercedes refused to elaborate on their man's cryptic comments, but Hamilton's sense of injustice is fuelling an increasingly fractious and personal contest.

Sebastian Vettel said Thursday he is more concerned with trying to win his home German Grand Prix than giving any consideration to rival Lewis Hamilton's blockbuster two-year contract extension.

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"I see that as a weakness rather than a whole need to even say anything", said Hamilton today when asked if taking victory on Vettel's home soil would be satisfying.

Hamilton has an instant shot at revenge at Hockenheim. Vettel has won four races this year to his rival's three. "But I wouldn't want it any other way".

"I'm going to be staying with the team in 2019 and then there is an option also for 2020", confirmed Bottas. I really truly believe we are strong enough to come back whatever we are faced with. "So, we can take our time". "We have got a great relationship, and it has gone from strength to strength", said Hamilton.

The Brit's extension with Mercedes is likely to see Daniel Ricciardo follow suit with Red Bull.

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Rosberg is long from Mercedes, and Valtteri Bottas is doing his best to shine in the wake of Hamilton's enormous shadow.

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