The Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team announced on Monday that they have signed a one year contract extension with seven time Formula One world champion Sir Lewis Hamilton.
The seven time world champion joined the Brackley based outfit from McLaren in 2013, replacing Michael Schumacher and goes into his ninth season with team. During their time together so far, Mercedes and Hamilton have secured 74 race wins, Hamilton who has been powered by Mercedes for all of his 266 Grand Prix entered since he made his F1 debut with McLaren in 2007 commented on the news saying:
“I am excited to be heading into my ninth season with my Mercedes teammates. 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.
Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team Principal and CEO Toto Wolff commented on the news saying:
“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. 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.”
The seven time world champion will once again partner Valtteri Bottas in 2021 and speaking about today’s announcement, Non Executive Chairman of Daimler AG, Markus Schafer commented saying:
We’re very happy to keep the most successful F1 driver of the current era in the most successful F1 team of the current era. Lewis is not only an incredibly talented driver; he also works very hard for his achievements and is extremely hungry. He shares his passion for performance with the entire team which is why this collaboration has become so successful. But Lewis is also a warm-hearted personality who cares deeply about the world around him and wants to make an impact. As a company, Mercedes-Benz shares this sense of responsibility and is proud to commit to a new, joint foundation to improve diversity in motorsport. Opening the sport to under-represented groups will be important for its development in the future and we’re determined to make a positive impact.”