Lewis Hamilton has signed a new two-year contract with the Mercedes F1 team that will keep him in Formula 1 at least until the end of 2023, the team confirmed on Saturday at the Austrian Grand Prix. Hamilton announced that he would complete negotiations on a new contract earlier this year, which dragged on longer than both sides expected this season, and we received confirmation at the ninth race of the season in Austria.
The seven-time world champion, who is chasing a record eighth championship title this year to overtake Schumacher, is pleased to have settled his future earlier than on the eve of this season and is grateful to the team for all they have given him and made great successes possible.
“It’s hard to believe it’s been almost nine years since I came to this amazing team and I’m excited to continue our partnership for another two years,” Hamilton said. It seems that Hamilton does not intend to stop with his successes and he still has the motivation and desire for trophies, and how could he not when we consider Schumacher's record that he will try to break "We've accomplished so much together, but we still have a lot to accomplish, both on and off the track."
"I am incredibly proud and grateful for Mercedes' support in the fight for diversity and equality in this sport." Hamilton is also grateful to his team without whom he would not have achieved all that he has so far, and it seems that without each other Mercedes would not be able to function at all.
"Thank you to all the dedicated and talented individuals at Mercedes whose hard work has made all of this possible and who believe in me."
Bottas ’contract also expires this year, but Mercedes has yet to decide whether to extend it after the fifth season the Finn drives in the world champions team.
Unless Mercedes decides to extend Bottas ’contract the main favorite for his place is Russell, who is currently driving for Williams and who replaced Hamilton at the 2020 Sakhir GP after the world champion contracted the coronavirus.
It is certain that Russell is eagerly watching the situation and the outcome that will happen. Bottas still has a chance to save the season, but for now there is huge pressure from various sides who believe that Bottas is not what Mercedes needs. Mercedes will certainly look at the situation in an adequate way and make the move that is best for them