Hamilton's new deal keeps him at Brackley for another two years (and is said to be worth £40m a year) whilst Bottas will be there for another year, with the possibility of it being extended by his team for another.
All of his achievements have made Hamilton the most successful Mercedes driver in the company's 112-year motorsports history.
Ferrucci has surely blown any aspirations of an F1 career following a meltdown weekend in Silverstone when racing for the F2 Trident team.
"This is one of the worst tracks for overtaking, so I'll do what I can from there". His punishments also included the disqualification from Sprint Race results at Silverstone - for a separate incident of forcing his teammate off the track - and termination of his contract with his team.
McLaren's Fernando Alonso qualified 11th but Belgian team mate Stoffel Vandoorne was last.
Lewis Hamilton will start today's race from down in 14th
While Hamilton had been expected to stay with the team that has won both the drivers' and constructors' titles for the past four years, there had still been some lingering doubts about his commitment to the sport. He is in no position to adopt a No. 1 role in what is a struggling team and after 31 disappointing races his position must be in some doubt. But he has yet to win after 10 races this season.
In the final 10 minutes, a number of cars chose to head out in order to assess the conditions with qualifying also likely to be wet, and it was the two Saubers who topped the times with Leclerc posting a 1m34.577s to lead teammate Marcus Ericsson by 0.423s.
Raikkonen suits Sebastian Vettel as his wingman.
The four-time world champion said: "In terms of the other guys approaching, one did".
Is the best good enough?
And Hamilton admitted that with the major rule changes planned for 2021 he was not keen on committing to F1 for longer than the next two and a half seasons. Woud you bet against him reversing that, though?