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Aston Martin CEO Lawrence Stroll says the possibility of signing Lewis Hamilton when his Mercedes contract expires at the end of the year is “definitely tempting”.

Hamilton agreed a one-year extension to his current Mercedes contract last month, but does not yet have a deal for the 2022 F1 season.

“It is definitely tempting,” Stroll, the billionaire who rebranded Racing Point as Aston Martin after buying the two companies, told the Press Association when asked whether he would sign Hamilton. “Lewis in any car is great, and I am sure everyone would say yes because he is a seven-time world champion.

“But right now, I am extremely focused on getting started this year.”

Stroll signed four-times world champion Sebastian Vettel to the team this year. He cut short Sergio Perez’s deal by two years to place Vettel alongside his son, Lance Stroll, who begins his fourth season in F1 this year.

The 22-year-old has been a focus of criticism from those who claim he owes his place in F1 entirely to his father’s fortune. Stroll dismissed their accusations as jealousy.

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“There are a lot of jealous people in the world and jealous people, who wish they were there in Lance’s position, do and say silly things,” he said. “I don’t pay much attention to it, and neither does Lance.

“Do I think Lance is talented? I think he is immensely talented. I have no doubt he has demonstrated that he has world championship blood in him.”

Aston Martin announced alcohol-free beer brand Peroni Libera 0.0% as its newest sponsor earlier today. “This partnership is another boost to the team ahead of the new season and is an opportunity to bring together two iconic brands on a unique journey in Formula 1”, said Stroll.

RaceFans understands Peroni had been in contact with Ferrari about a deal, but did not reach terms. The Italian team has taken on the rival brand Estrella Galicia 0.0%, long associated with its new driver Carlos Sainz Jnr.

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