In today's Formula 1 gossip column, Lewis Hamilton requests bumper new contract extension with Mercedes, Lawrence Stroll takes a "much deeper interest" in Racing Point and Charles Leclerc backed for title succcess by FIA president Jean Todt. 

- Lewis Hamilton has requested a bumper new four-year contract that would see him earn €55million (£46million) a year at Mercedes, according to reports in Italian media (Corriere dello Sport, via Marca

- FIA president Jean Todt fully believes Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc has all the qualities required to become an F1 world champion (La Gazette de Monaco, via Corriere dello Sport

- Racing Point CEO Otmar Szafnauer says new owner Lawrence Stroll “takes a much deeper interest” in the team compared to his predecessor Vijay Mallya (RaceFans

- F1 has scrapped plans to photograph all 10 2020 cars together ahead of the start of testing to commemorate the championship’s 70th anniversary due to logistical concerns (RaceFans, via AS

- Carlos Sainz Jr is thriving in having a supportive team network around him at McLaren, according to CEO Zak Brown (

- The FIA Motorsport Games will return for its second edition later this year with Marseille the host city and Circuit Paul Ricard acting as the venues (FIA Motorsport Games

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