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. 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.
Former Chelsea and Italy striker Gianfranco Zola has returned to Stamford Bridge as assistant to new manager Maurizio Sarri. As a player, Zola helped the club win two FA Cups, one Uefa Cup Winners’ Cup, one Uefa Super Cup and one League Cup between 1996-2003. “For me it is an amazing thing. I am pleased to be here,” said Zola. Zola, who resigned as Birmingham City manager in April 2017, has joined Chelsea’s pre-season tour of Australia.