Four-time Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton is sticking with the Mercedes Formula 1 team until at least the end of the 2020 season, giving him a chance to match the F1-record seven world championship.
Mercedes' announcement comes ahead of the team's home race in Germany, with Hamilton trailing Sebastian Vettel in the championship by eight points.
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton suffers a hydraulic failure during the German GP Q1 qualifying session and sinks to his knees with dejection.
In what may prove a lasting image of the season, Hamilton slumped by the side of his Mercedes after his vehicle was wheeled to the side of the track, apparently inconsolable. Ferrari has not won the constructors' title since 2008, a year after its last drivers' championship.
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The spokesman said it was important to stop the auto to prevent "heat soak damage" to the power unit as happened to team-mate Bottas during the race in Austria earlier this month. "We have got a great relationship and it has gone from strength to strength".
"I said from day one 'I am not looking anywhere else? It was very nice to see a lot of Ferrari flags here today and it's great to see a lot of people supporting us!"
Friday's running, however, suggested that there was little to separate the top three teams as Red Bull were fastest in both sessions - Daniel Ricciardo in the morning and Max Verstappen in the afternoon.
Hamilton explained that he had agreed a basic contract by the time of the Monaco Grand Prix in late May, but subsequent delays were due to his own preoccupation with details. This was my third contract with the team and I'm just really, really excited about the plan.
As to his future beyond 2020, when he could join Ferrari alongside Vettel, or have the German join him at Mercedes, he said it was "impossible to say where I am going to be". In total, he has 61 Formula One wins over the course of his career, second only to Michael Schumacher.