Lewis Hamilton has ended his long saga of contracts with Mercedes by signing a new one-year deal, the Formula 1 team announced on Monday. “The Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team is pleased to announce that the champion The reigning Formula 1 constructors ‘world and the reigning F1 drivers’ world champion will continue together in 2021, “the team said in a statement.
– Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team (@ MercedesAMGF1) February 8, 2021
The 36-year-old British driver will be looking for an unprecedented eighth world title when the season kicks off in Bahrain next month.
Hamilton had been without a contract since his last contract expired on the last day of December.
But after several weeks of negotiations with Mercedes, its future was finally settled, even though the two sides only agreed to one more year.
“We have always been aligned with Lewis that we would continue, but the very unusual year we had in 2020 took some time to complete the process,” said team principal Toto Wolff, making reference to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
“The history of Mercedes and Lewis has been etched in the history books of our sport over the past eight seasons, and we are thirsty to compete and add more chapters to it,” he said. added.
Hamilton said he was “excited” to head into a ninth season with Mercedes.
“Our team has achieved incredible things together and we look forward to continuing to build on our success, while continually looking to improve, on and off the track,” he said.
“I am also determined to continue the path 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.
Hamilton equaled Michael Schumacher’s championship with his seventh title in 2020 and already has more race wins, pole positions and podiums than any other driver in the history of the sport.
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