Lewis Hamilton has vowed to reign supreme in Formula One for years to come as the world champion prepares for the start of the new season next weekend. British star Hamilton is reportedly ready to sign a new contract with Mercedes, which could earn him up to £40 million ($55 million) per year and solidify his position as British sport’s highest earner. That would be the ideal preparation for Sunday’s season opener in Melbourne as Hamilton eyes a fifth world championship. Along with Michael Schumacher and Juan Manuel Fangio, he would be only the third F1 driver to have won the title more than four times. Even that historic feat wouldn’t be enough for Hamilton to walk away from the sport however. ‘It doesn’t feel like the start of the final chapter, and I don’t feel as though I am about to embark on my last contract,’ Hamilton said. ‘I am not sure how I will feel in two or three years’ time but I am back here in March for my 12th season and I am so excited. ‘I don’t know where it comes from - this feeling of just wanting to excel - but I really, really, more than anything currently in my life, want to excel next weekend.’
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