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Lewis Hamilton big announcement could be coming to F1 next week

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Following a tough weekend in Canada last week, all eyes are now set on how Lewis Hamilton can reclaim the lead in the race for the championship in France.

However, that's not the only thing the world will be waiting to see.

Hamilton is coming to the end of his contract deal with Mercedes as he is yet to sign an extension agreement with the team.

As the Brit came into his final year of his current deal, he was supposed to sign an extension earlier in the year, however, an agreement was never reached, and the deal wasn't signed.

As Mercedes dominance in the sport seems to be dropping, it's started leading to questions over Hamilton's future in Formula One.

Well, that was until now, as according to German publication Auto Motor und Sport, the four-time world champion and Mercedes will make an announcement in France next weekend confirming an extension has been signed.

Putting pen to paper...

It's expected that Hamilton will finally put pen to paper and sign a bumper two-year deal with his current team, Mercedes - which would make him the highest-paid British sports star.

Back in March, it was believed that the four-time world champion would sign a two-year contract worth a massive £120million, with the option at the end to stay with the team for an extra season.

Canadian F1 Grand Prix - Previews

However, it's yet to be confirmed how much the Brit's new contract with Mercedes will be worth.

Other's have also had their say on why they think an agreement has taken so long.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner claimed that Hamilton had stalled over a deal due to financial arrangements.

He said: “I can only imagine that a delay can only involve money and I should think it’s such a grotesque amount of money that Toto [Wolff, Mercedes team principal] is talking about… that’s probably what is making Toto and Niki’s [Lauda] eyes water at the moment.

Canadian F1 Grand Prix - Qualifying

“He’s got an expensive lifestyle, he’s a four-time world champion and I doubt he’s cheap.

“I can only envisage that that’s probably got something to do with the delay.”

What happens in France, stays in France...

Next weekend will be one full of excitement as it sees France returning to the race calendar after a decade, and as we welcome a new track, we will hopefully welcome the news of Hamilton's future.

The 33-year-old will be looking for a win at the newly re-designed Circuit Paul Ricard in France to reclaim his championship lead from Sebastian Vettel, after falling one-point behind in Canada.

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Toto Wolff
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