Reigning Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has promised to come back “on another level than ever before” and be “a machine” in 2020.

As a six-time world champion, Hamilton sits on the verge of matching Michael Schumacher’s long-standing, all-time F1 record of seven drivers’ world titles, a feat he could equal this season.

In a post on Instagram, Hamilton - pictured inside his house - reflected on his current level of happiness and vowed to be even stronger when he returns to defend his F1 crown this year.

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“To own a home that I love so much, get to create so many wonderful memories brings me more happiness than I ever thought I could deserve,” he wrote.

“I am at peace when I’m here, can focus and build my mind and body so that I can come back year on year.

“I’m going to be a machine this year, on another level than ever before!”

The 35-year-old Briton stormed to his third consecutive world championship in convincing style last year, beating his revitalised Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas by 87 points.

He racked up an impressive 11 victories en route to the title, taking his tally of grand prix wins up to 84, just seven shy of Schumacher’s record feat of 91.

Hamilton is entering the final year of his contract with Mercedes but is expected to agree a further extension at the team that has guided him to five of his six world championships and swept up every title on offer since the start of the V6 hybrid era in 2014.

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