So much for the drama, delays, attention grabs, and whatever other descriptions the Lewis Hamilton followers have been using this offseason.
Lewis Hamilton will be back for a ninth season with the Mercedes-Petronas Formula 1 team. Hamilton and Mercedes announced on Monday that the two sides have agreed to a one-year deal.
Hamilton, 36, is the four-time defending F1 champion. He has seven championships in total to sit in a tie with Michael Schumacher atop that all-time list. And with limited F1 regulation changes to the cars for 2021, Hamilton is a heavy favorite to break that record this season, and break it wearing Mercedes’ colors.
“I am excited to be heading into my ninth season with my Mercedes teammates,” Hamilton said today in a press release. “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.”
Hamilton’s signing comes just a few weeks after Mercedes F1 team principal Toto Wolff extended his own deal two years. Wolff was also in the last year of his deal with Mercedes before signing the extension.
“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,” Wolff said. “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.”
Hamilton’s signing closes out silly season for 2021, as all 10 Formula 1 teams now have their driver lineups in place. Hamilton will once again team with Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes. The two have been paired at Mercedes since 2017. Mercedes has dominated Formula 1 in recent history to the tune of seven consecutive F1 Constructors’ Championships.
Hamilton is the all-time leader in Formula 1 race wins with 95. Hamilton passed Schumacher’s record of 91 in 2020 at Portugal.
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