Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes extend contract for 2 more years

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes will extend their illustrious Formula 1 partnership beyond the current season, with the reigning seven-time world champion signing a two-year deal that will keep him in the sport until at least the end of 2023. This is Hamilton’s second contract with Mercedes in six months, having signed his current one-year deal just weeks before pre-season testing began.

Hamilton and Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff were both keen to avoid the contract saga dragging on any longer, and thus began negotiations much earlier. They were concluded within weeks and were announced on Saturday — the morning of the Austrian Grand Prix.

Hamilton will be 39 years old when his new deal expires, having extended his stay with the Silver Arrows – with whom he has won six of his seven titles – to 11 years.

“It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly nine years working with this incredible team, and I’m thrilled we’re extending our partnership for another two years,” Hamilton said in an F1 release. “We’ve accomplished a great deal together, but there is still much more to accomplish, both on and off the track. I’m extremely proud and appreciative of Mercedes’ support of my efforts to increase diversity and equality in our sport. They have taken ownership of their actions and made significant strides toward building a more diverse team and inclusive environment.”

Toto Wolff continued, “Lewis Hamilton is the ideal driver to have in our team as we enter a new era of Formula One in 2022. His accomplishments in this sport speak for themselves, and he is at the top of his game with his experience, speed, and race craft. We are relishing the battle ahead of us this year – which is why we wanted to finalise this contract early to avoid distractions from the competition.”

Hamilton’s teammate’s identity is unknown, but it is believed to be a choice between incumbent Valtteri Bottas – who has been with the team since 2017 – and Mercedes junior George Russell, who has impressed with his performances at Williams.

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source: ANI