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Hamilton in buoyant mood ahead of season opener in Melbourne


By Philip Duncan

Lewis Hamilton believes he can race beyond 2020 after declaring he wants to open the defence of his F1 championship by obliterating the opposition in Australia next week.

The 33-year-old British driver is due to put pen to paper on a new Mercedes contract which could earn him up to £40million a year and solidify his position as British sport's highest earner.

Hamilton will be 35 at the expected conclusion of his next deal. "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. I want to arrive in Melbourne fit. I want to hit my target weight. I want to win convincingly."

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