Hamilton signs up for two more years with Mercedes F1 team

July 3: Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton will remain in Formula 1 for at least the next two years after he and Mercedes announced a contract extension on Saturday.

The new agreement covers 2022 and 2023.

“I am delighted that we are continuing our partnership for another two years. We have accomplished so much together but we still have a lot to accomplish, on and off the track, ”said the 36-year-old Briton at the Austrian Grand Prix.

Hamilton, who joined Mercedes from McLaren in 2013 as a replacement for retired seven-time champion Michael Schumacher, was out of contract at the end of this season after securing a one-year contract only in February.

“I’ve always said that as long as Lewis still has the fire for the race, he can go on for as long as he wants,” commented team boss and shareholder Toto Wolff.

Hamilton is the sport’s most successful driver of all time, with 98 wins and 100 pole positions, and Mercedes had said they didn’t want to leave so late.

“I am incredibly proud and grateful for the way Mercedes has supported me in my drive to improve diversity and equality in our sport,” said Hamilton, the sport’s only black rider, who used his platform. form to campaign for social justice.

“They have held themselves accountable and made significant strides in creating a more diverse team and an inclusive environment.

“We are entering a new automotive era that will be exciting and exciting, and I look forward to seeing what else we can accomplish together.”

Hamilton is fighting for a record-breaking eighth title but is second in the current championship, 18 points behind Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after eight races.

Wolff said there is “no better driver” to be had on the squad as they prepare for major rule changes in 2022.

“His achievements in the sport speak for themselves, and with his experience, speed and skill he is at the peak of his ability,” added the Austrian.

“We are savoring the battle we have in our hands this year and that is why we also wanted to close this contract earlier, so that we have no distractions from the competition on the track.”

Liberty Media-owned Formula 1 has welcomed the news that its flagship property has put an end to any speculation about its future.

“This is fantastic news for Formula 1 and I am delighted that Lewis will stay in F1 for at least two more years,” said Stefano Domenicali, general manager.

“What he has accomplished 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. “

Hamilton’s 2022 teammate remains to be determined, with Finland’s Valtteri Bottas out of contract and young Briton George Russell set to replace him. – Reuters

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