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Lewis Hamilton has ‘fire burning strong inside him’, says Mercedes boss Toto Wolff who insists F1 title defence still on

LEWIS HAMILTON has a “fire burning strong inside him” as his Mercedes boss Toto Wolff declared his F1 title defence is far from over.

Hamilton will have to overturn Max Verstappen’s 32-point advantage – the biggest deficit he has faced in his nine year’s at Mercedes – if he is to land a record eighth world crown.

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And boy is he fighting for it, according to Wolff in an exclusive interview with ASON-CAL-JUL6-1.jpg” alt=”” class=”alignnone size-large wp-image-15504299″ width=”542″ height=”1024″ />

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A straight fight between Finn Valtteri Bottas and George Russell, and while the home crowd are eager for news that it will be an all-British line-up for next year, Wolff says he will wait before confirming the team’s plans.

He said: “A decision is closer than any other years because I owe it to both drivers to give them clarity for next year and we will do that in the next couple of weeks.

“It is a delicate situation because there are many more stakeholders and that’s why we will take our time and wait for a good moment to come out with it.”

George Russell (background) has been tipped to replace Valterri Bottas (right)