The Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team will be retaining the services of its coveted Formula 1 world champion, Lewis Hamilton, for the next two years after mutually agreeing to a contract extension. The seven-time F1 champ will lead the way into 2022 and 2023, making his 10th and 11th year together with the squad.
It's indeed a sign of good things ahead considering the major restructuring of the F1 technical regulation changes imposed for the year 2022. Hamilton's experience with the team has led to a total of six championship titles, 77 race wins, and 74 pole positions since he joined back in 2013 will be vital for the next era of F1 motorsports.
According to Lewis Hamilton, "It is hard to believe it's been nearly nine years working with this incredible team and I'm excited we're going to continue our partnership for two more years. We've accomplished so much together but we still have a lot to achieve, both on and off the track. I'm incredibly proud and grateful of how Mercedes has supported me in my drive to improve diversity and equality in our sport."
"They have held themselves accountable and made important strides in creating a more diverse team and inclusive environment. Thank you to all the dedicated and talented individuals at Mercedes whose hard work makes it all possible and the Board for their continued trust in me. We're entering a new era of car which will be challenging and exciting and I can't wait to see what else we can achieve together," added Hamilton.
As for Toto Wolff, CEO and Team Principal of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team, he commented, "As we enter a new era of F1 from 2022 onwards, there can be no better driver to have in our team than Lewis. His achievements in this sport speak for themselves, and with his experience, speed and race-craft, he is at the peak of his powers. We are relishing the battle we have on our hands this year - and that's why we also wanted to agree this contract early, so we have no distractions from the competition on track. I have always said that as long as Lewis still possesses the fire for racing, he can continue as long as he wants."