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How Hamilton's one-year deal opens up the 2022 driver market

Lewis Hamilton's long-anticipated new Mercedes deal has one standout feature: it is so far only for one year. Although Hamilton may stay with the team longer, Mercedes having no drivers contracted for 2022 should inject further intrigue into silly season...

While the saga surrounding Lewis Hamilton's new Mercedes Formula 1 contract may have dragged out, there was little doubt he would put pen to paper on a new deal.

Yet while Monday's announcement had been expected, there was a surprising element of the contract extension: it would be for just one year, covering the 2021 season only.

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