Hamilton signs two-year extension with Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton has signed a new two-year contract at Mercedes, extending his stay in Formula 1 until the end of the 2023 season.
Hamilton said previously that, after protracted contract talks which saw him only sign up for the current season a month before it was due to get underway, he’d hoped to have a new deal with the team signed by the summer break.
The seven-time World Champion has won six of his titles with the Silver Arrows, and is in the hunt for a record-breaking eighth Championship alongside closing in on his mission to become the first Formula 1 driver ever to win 100 races in his career.
Hamilton said: “It is hard to believe it’s been nearly nine years working with this incredible team and I’m excited we’re going to continue our partnership for two more years.
“We’ve accomplished so much together but we still have a lot to achieve, both on and off the track. I’m incredibly proud and grateful of how Mercedes has supported me in my drive to improve diversity and equality in our sport.
“They have held themselves accountable and made important strides in creating a more diverse team and inclusive environment. Thank you to all the dedicated and talented individuals at Mercedes whose hard work makes it all possible and theboard for their continued trust in me.
“We’re entering a new era of car which will be challenging and exciting and I can’t wait to see what else we can achieve together.”
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— Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team (@MercedesAMGF1) July 3, 2021
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Team principal and CEO, Toto Wolff – who said recently that he believes Mercedes will be the Briton’s last team in Formula 1 – added: “As we enter a new era of F1 from 2022 onwards, there can be no better driver to have in our team than Lewis.
“His achievements in this sport speak for themselves, and with his experience, speed and race-craft, he is at the peak of his powers. We are relishing the battle we have on our hands this year – and that’s why we also wanted to agree this contract early, so we have no distractions from the competition on track.
“I have always said that as long as Lewis still possesses the fire for racing, he can continue as long as he wants.”
CEO of Formula 1, Stefano Domenicali said he was pleased to see Hamilton extend his deal, adding: “This is fantastic news for Formula 1 and I am delighted that Lewis will stay In F1 for at least another two years. What he has achieved in this sport is incredible and I know he has more to come.
“He is a global superstar on and off the race track and his positive impact on Formula 1 is huge.”
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