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2018-07-02 13:04

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Toto Wolff says Mercedes will announce its 2019 driver lineup "soon".

It is now widely known that Lewis Hamilton has inked a new two-year deal, and has asked for Valtteri Bottas to be retained for the same 2019-2020 period.

'We are in the last stages'

"When will the contracts be done? Soon.

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When? Let's see. We are in the last stages of negotiation.

There are still some details. Lewis has become a global brand for us, so it's all about trademark rights and PR days.

But the $45 million fee that is being talked about in England? I think some of them were looking for a headline," team boss Toto Wolff told Corriere della Sera.

Wolff did, however, acknowledge that if Hamilton does re-sign, so too will Bottas.

"The talks with Valtteri run parallel to those with Lewis.

He is a guarantee that even the second car will be driven quickly, and it's a stability factor as well," he admitted.

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