Lewis Hamilton has finally signed a new Mercedes contract. And Silver Arrows chief Toto Wolff has hinted it's just a one-year deal for the Brit. He
Lewis Hamilton has finally signed a new Mercedes contract. And Silver Arrows chief Toto Wolff has hinted it’s just a one-year deal for the Brit. He’ll now be competing in the 2021 F1 season and will be looking to win the Drivers’ Championship for a record-breaking eighth time.
Uncertainty has surrounded Hamilton ever since he won a seventh title back in November.
But, now, the 36-year-old has finally penned an extension with the Silver Arrows – who he’s been with ever since joining from McLaren back in 2013.
Mercedes announced the extension on their website on Monday morning, saying: “The Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team is pleased to announce that the reigning Formula One World Constructors’ Champion and the reigning F1 World Drivers’ Champion will continue together in 2021.
“The Mercedes works team and Lewis agreed a new contract which will see one of the sport’s most successful ever collaborations continue for a ninth consecutive season.
“A significant part of the new agreement builds upon the joint commitment to greater diversity and inclusion in motorsport that was made last year by Lewis and Mercedes.
“This will take the form of a joint charitable foundation, which will have the mission of supporting greater diversity and inclusion in all its forms in motorsport.
“Lewis made his F1 debut with Mercedes F1 engine customer team McLaren in 2007 and has been powered in all his 266 Grands Prix by Mercedes-Benz engines.
“He joined the Mercedes works team in 2013 and has since won 74 F1 races as well as six Drivers’ Championships with the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team. In 2020, he broke Michael Schumacher’s win record and is now all-time race win record holder in Formula One.”
And Wolff has now had his say, hinting the Brit has signed just a one-year deal.
“We have always been aligned with Lewis that we would continue, but the very unusual year we had in 2020 meant it took some time to finish the process,” he said.
“Together, we have decided to extend the sporting relationship for another season and to begin a longer-term project to take the next step in our shared commitment to greater diversity within our sport.
“Lewis’s competitive record stands alongside the best the sports world has ever seen, and he is a valued ambassador for our brand and our partners.
“The story of Mercedes and Lewis has written itself into the history books of our sport over the past eight seasons, and we are hungry to compete and to add more chapters to it.”
Hamilton himself is excited.
“I am excited to be heading into my ninth season with my Mercedes teammates,” he said.
“Our team has achieved incredible things together and we look forward to building on our success even further, while continuously looking to improve, both on and off the track.
“I’m equally determined to continue the journey we started to make motorsport more diverse for future generations and I am grateful that Mercedes has been extremely supportive of my call to address this issue.
“I’m proud to say we are taking that effort further this year by launching a foundation dedicated to diversity and inclusion in the sport.
“I am inspired by all that we can build together and can’t wait to get back on the track in March.”