Lewis Hamilton is going to stay with Mercedes and in F1 for another until 2023! The seven-time-champ, and most successful driver of all time, was announced this morning in Austria on a new two-year deal with the team.
“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,” Hamilton said in a statement on Saturday.
“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.
— Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team (@MercedesAMGF1) July 3, 2021
“Thank you to all the dedicated and talented individuals at Mercedes whose hard work makes it all possible and the Board 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.”
In his nine years with the team, Lewis has got six championships, 77 race wins and 74 pole positions. He has helped Mercedes become the team to beat in F1 and they obviously want to win more and more.
Lewis only signed a one-year deal for 2021, and he didn’t sign that until a month before the season began. That obviously meant there was a lot of speculation about whether Lewis would leave F1 at the end of that year. That has now all been firmly shut down because he’s signed so much earlier.
Toto Wolff has said that they wanted to get the contract over and done with so they can focus on the fight with Red Bull:
“There can be no better driver to have in our team than Lewis,” said Toto. “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.”
It’s not just brilliant for Mercedes, but also for F1 as a sport. Stefano Domenicali, F1’s CEO said: “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.”
Congrats well deserved 👊
— Valtteri Bottas (@ValtteriBottas) July 3, 2021
That’s put to bed speculation on one side of the garage but Hamilton’s 2022 teammate is still not confirmed with Valtteri Bottas out of contract at the end of this year and George Russell ready to take over at the first chance. It might not be long now though, we expect an announcement before the summer.