Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have agreed on a contract extension for two more years, including the 2023 season.
Lewis Hamilton is far from having enough. The Formula 1 superstar has extended his contract with Mercedes for another two years until the end of the 2023 season. The German carmaker’s racing team announced this on Saturday. This gives the 36-year-old Briton the chance to win up to ten world championships. He is already the record holder with seven titles together with Michael Schumacher. His 98 Grand Prix victories and 100 pole positions are unmatched.
“We have achieved a lot together, but we can achieve a lot more, both on and off the track,” said Hamilton in a statement and added with a view to extensive rule changes in Formula 1 in the coming year: “We are at the beginning a new era of vehicles that will be challenging and exciting at the same time, and I can’t wait to find out what else we can achieve together. ”
Hamilton has been driving for the works team since 2013, and he will have been with the Silver Arrows for eleven years at the end of 2023. At the beginning of this year, the long-term winner from previous years had only extended his contract by one season. Due to the corona pandemic, it had taken a long time for both sides to agree. Now everything went off noiselessly. Hamilton had wanted an agreement before the summer break in August. Directly it worked even earlier.
It was considered extremely unlikely that Hamilton would join another team in Formula 1. He had won six of his seven world titles in a Mercedes. He was only beaten in 2016 by teammate Nico Rosberg, who subsequently resigned. It could be challenging to defend the title this season. Before the ninth of 23 rounds of the season this Sunday (3 p.m. / Sky) in Spielberg, Austria, he is 18 points behind Max Verstappen in second place in the overall standings.
“We are enjoying the duel this year very much and that is why we wanted to conclude the contract talks early enough so that there is no distraction from the competition on the racetrack,” said Mercedes Motorsport Director Toto Wolff: “I told Lewis that he was always with us can drive as long as this unbelievable fire for racing burns in him. ”
New regulations in Formula 1 from 2022
There is no doubt about that. That is why both sides are entering the new era of Formula 1. In 2022, new regulations come into force that can be described as a revolution. The new cars are getting heavier, are subject to new aerodynamic restrictions, and the chassis are greatly simplified. “At the beginning of the new Formula 1 era from the 2022 season on, I couldn’t wish for a better driver in the team than Lewis,” said Wolff. Hamilton’s successes would speak for themselves. “And with his experience, his speed and his racing intelligence he will reach the peak of his performance,” said the Austrian.
Who will be Hamilton’s teammate in the future?
It remains unclear who will be Hamilton’s teammate. The contract of the Finn Valtteri Bottas expires at the end of the year. For weeks it has been speculated that the vice world champion, who was ailing this year, no longer has a future at Mercedes and will be replaced by the British George Russell. The end should belong to the 23-year-old. All sides continue to deny a firm agreement.
Fight against racism and for equality and diversity: Hamilton thanks, Mercedes.
On the other hand, Hamilton has long been the face of the Silver Arrows and Formula 1. He gets the freedoms he needs to perform at his best, and he can publicly contest his fight against racism and for equality and diversity as a pioneer. Last season, Hamilton and Bottas drove, especially in black painted silver arrows. “I’m incredibly proud of it and very grateful for the way Mercedes has supported me in my commitment to more diversity and equality in our sport,” said Hamilton on Saturday to create an inclusive environment. ”
Hamilton was the first black to enter Formula 1 for the 2007 season. In its first year, the son of an immigrant from the Caribbean almost won the McLaren title. In 2008 he won the World Cup for the first time, followed by the championships in 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.