Lewis Hamilton warns rivals 'I'm going to be a machine this year' in ominous Instagram post

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It must be difficult to be Lewis Hamilton.

The 35-year-old has won three consecutive World Championship titles, drives the fastest car on the circuit and is one of the highest-paid sportspeople on the planet.

It doesn't end there, with reports emerging today that he is set to sign an even more lucrative contract with Mercedes, that will extend his partnership with the Silver Arrows until 2022.

However, despite having achieved everything he could've wanted, Hamilton is not lacking in any desire and has fired an ominous warning to his rivals ahead of the 2020 season.

With pre-season testing on the horizon, Mercedes will be looking to continue their monopoly on the title in Formula 1, Hamilton's message will come as music to their ears.

Hamilton took to Instagram from his home as he outlined his renewed hunger for the upcoming year.

"I am at peace when I'm here, can focus and build my mind and body so that I can come back year on year. I'm going to be a machine this year, on another level than ever before," he said.

Hamilton has clinched five of the last six drivers' titles at a canter but will be all too aware of the gathering threat posed by the likes of Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc.

If Ferrari and Red Bull can get there vehicle's on a par with the Mercedes, it could be the most hotly contested battle for the title in an age.

However, with Hamilton at the absolute peak of his powers, it could turn into yet another procession for the Brit.

Mercedes won the opening eight races in 2019 and will be hoping for a similar start to the year when the lights go out in Australia in March.

You can't help but feel that, come November, it will be Hamilton celebrating all over again.

The man was made to win.

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