New contract with Mercedes for Lewis Hamilton who has renewed his agreement with the German team for 2021. More than a month after the expiry of his previous contract, the seven-time world champion has therefore found a new agreement with Mercedes, but contrary to the past, the new agreement will last only one year.
The Briton joined the Mercedes factory team in 2013 and has since won 74 F1 races and six Drivers' World Championships with the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team. In 2020, he broke Michael Schumacher's record for victories and now holds the record for most wins in Formula 1.
Hamilton also holds the record for most career pole positions. Hamilton said: “I am absolutely thrilled to start my ninth season with Mercedes. A significant part of the new agreement builds on the joint commitment to greater diversity and inclusion in motorsport that was made last year by Lewis and Mercedes.
I will take the form of a joint charity foundation, which will have a mission to support greater diversity and inclusion in all its forms. Our team has accomplished amazing things together and we look forward to building our success further by continually striving to improve, both on and off the track.
I am equally determined to continue the journey we have begun 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 am proud to say that this year we are continuing this effort by launching a foundation dedicated to diversity à and inclusion in sport.
I'm inspired by everything we can build together and can't wait to get back on track in March."
Lewis Hamilton: "I will do everything to win the 8th world title"
In an exclusive interview for the Italian magazine SportWeek, the British driver Lewis Hamilton talked about the upcoming F1 season.
The Mercedes champion, the most successful driver in F1 history, also talked about the social commitment to the rights of people, animals and environmental awareness. He said: "The eighth world title would be something huge, I can't even say the number, but that's what I'm focusing all my efforts on.
We have a tough season ahead of us, Red Bull has proven to be really strong in last races of 2020 and we had our engines at full speed. It is getting harder, when you are approaching the top it is possible to make progress, but when you are already in the lead the progress is always smaller, and the steps forward are followed by steps back .
Being able to continually improve is a great feat. I liked Ayrton Senna for his victories and for the way he faced a system that was not always benevolent against him, something that I have also experienced in my career, albeit for different reasons."