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Lewis Hamilton: Mercedes driver agrees £40m-a-year deal until 2020

Lewis Hamilton: Mercedes driver agrees £40m-a-year deal until 2020

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World champion Lewis Hamilton will race for Mercedes in Formula 1 for at least a further two seasons.The 33-year-old Briton has signed a new contract with the German manufacturer that lasts until the end of 2020.BBC Sport understands Hamilton will earn at least £30m a year, rising to a maximum of £40m, depending on bonuses. Hamilton said a new contract had been "a formality" since he sat down with Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff to begin discussions last winter.He said: "It's good to put pen to paper, announce it and then get on with business as usual."I have been part of the Mercedes racing family for 20 years and I have never been happier inside a team than I am right now."We are on...
Daimler forced to recall Mercedes with defeat devices

Daimler forced to recall Mercedes with defeat devices

Business
The German government has ordered car maker Daimler to recall 238,000 vehicles in Germany after they were found to be fitted with illegal software that masks diesel emissions.Across Europe a total of 774,000 diesel vehicles contain "defeat devices" and Daimler said it would recall them all. The diesel versions of the Mercedes C-Class, Vito and GLC models are the main ones affected, the ministry said. Daimler said it would refit the software but denied any wrongdoing.It comes three years after VW admitted having fitted "cheat" devices in vehicles that made their engines appear less polluting than they actually were. About eleven million cars worldwide were affected in that case. German transport minister Andreas Scheuer ...
Mercedes recalls diesel cars for emissions update

Mercedes recalls diesel cars for emissions update

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Mercedes-Benz is recalling hundreds of thousands of cars in the UK for a software update to reduce their nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions.Almost every new diesel bought over the past six years is affected by the move, which the company said was voluntary and would involve owners being contacted to be offered the upgrade.German owner Daimler said it was taking the action across Europe covering three million vehicles in total.It refused to give a country-by-country breakdown but said one million were sold in Germany. It is believed the UK numbers are still being finalised.The UK is one of its biggest customers in the EU - with 170,000 Mercs sold in the country last year alone.Video:The 'smog of argument' over engine emissionsThe vehicles affected have diesel engines meeting the Euro 5 standard...