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Hamilton Finally Signs A New Contract With Mercedes

It’s been 84 years…

Alright, that might be a slight exaggeration, but it certainly feels like we’ve been waiting that long for Lewis Hamilton to sign his Mercedes contract. However, an agreement has finally been made, and the seven-time world champion will grace us with his presence for 2021 with Mercedes.

It’s been the question on everybody’s lips since – well, probably the start of the 2020 season.

Will he equal Michael Schumacher’s seven titles and then leave the sport?
Will he continue to race with Mercedes until he’s old and grey?
Will he leave with Toto Wolff and join another team?

There was even a suggestion that Hamilton wanted to wait until after winning the 2020 drivers’ title to dedicate all his focus on contract negotiations. Rumours have circulated again and again, but now finally we have clarification to quash all the gossip.

Lewis Hamilton will race for Mercedes in 2021 after signing a single-year contract.

Lewis Hamilton won his seventh drivers' title in 2020 ©XPB Images

There’s been lots of speculation and chatter as to why it took so long.

Did Hamilton want more money? Was he searching for more freedom to explore his other ventures like fashion, music and Extreme E? Have Mercedes got all they needed from Hamilton?

“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,” Team Boss Toto Wolff said in a statement.

“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.”

As for Hamilton himself, he is looking forward to his ninth season with the Mercedes team:

“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’m 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’m inspired by all that we can build together and can’t wait to get back on the track in March.”

We’re just happy to have Lewis Hamilton back in the paddock for another year.

Are you glad Hamilton is returning for another year?

Hamilton Finally Signs A New Contract With Mercedes

6 thoughts on “Hamilton Finally Signs A New Contract With Mercedes

  • “We’re just happy to have Lewis Hamilton back in the paddock” speak for yourself, most of us were dreaming of a George Russel silver arrow this season!

  • Dave from Sydney says:

    Lewis made a lot of comments in 2020 about people not having jobs/employment in Covid times.
    $45m of $185m team budget when u r already getting a massive amount of money in sponsorships and endorsement is not a great optic nor consistent with public comments Lewis made last year.
    There are engineers, mechanics and other staff at Mercedes that may lose their jobs to ensure Mercedes F1 team sits in its $185m 2021 budget cap.
    Daniel Riccardo, George Russell and Max V should be given opportunities in Mercedes, Lewis should not have the right to block both of them joining the Mercedes team as it harms the team in the long run.
    I genuinely hope Daniel and Max regularly beats Lewis this year in the McLaren & Red Bull.
    The sports needs some one else to win the F1 Grand Prix this year, if Lewis wins again it will be a serious turn off for the sport and a bad outcome for F1’s attempts to get sponsorships

    • Technically driver salaries are not included in the budget cap, alongside marketing expenses. But I get what you’re saying, he’s definitely preaching one thing and doing another…
      This whole contract debacle made me lose quite a bit of respect for him.

  • Contract negotiations are generally a private and confidential affair. Speculation can go in many directions: was it the money, was it Lewis’ activism in 2020, was it all about Rocko the dog? Who knows!

    I guess that we might witness another record breaking season from the Lewis-Merc duo. And after that we can speculate many things, but Lewis being a racing driver he might have his sights on another team or even another series.

    He made the move out of McLaren in the right time, maybe he is seeing things in Mercedes or F1 in general that reminds him of that time. Had he stuck to McLaren in 2013 we might be talking about 7 times world champion Nico Rosberg or Sam Bird or whatever.

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