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Lewis Hamilton tipped to make Mercedes contract decision soon after seventh F1 world title

Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates winning a 7th F1 World Drivers Championship

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Lewis Hamilton signing a new contract at Mercedes is only a matter of time, according to former team-mate Jenson Button. Hamilton equaled Michael Schumacher’s all-time record for his seventh world title.

But Hamilton is yet to fully commit his future to Mercedes. It’s long been expected the 35-year-old will sign an extension with Mercedes with his current contract expiring at the end of the year.

Button believes Hamilton will now want to break the all-time record for world titles next season.

“Winning is the best motivation,” he told Sky Sports. “Drivers that have a long career in F1, if they’re winning they will continue racing because that’s what you love.

“When you’re not winning it becomes a lot more difficult and that’s when your career comes to and end normally, but I don’t see that happening any time soon for Lewis. He wants to win more world championships than anyone else before and I’m sure he would love that.

“Drivers always say we don’t look at numbers, we don’t compare, but you’re always going to compare yourself to Michael Schumacher when you have the same world titles. Those two are extraordinary individuals, very different in their personalities and the way they go racing but equally as talented.

“Lewis is in the right place to beat Michael’s record and I really think he will next year. Then the regulations change in 2022 and that’s when it gets really exciting, to see where that takes him and Mercedes for the future.”

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