Lewis Hamilton renowed his contract with Mercedes until at least 2023. The announcement of the renewal for another two seasons between the seven-time world champion and the Anglo-German team led by Toto Wolff comes within hours of qualifying for the Austrian F1 GP.
The renewal will lead Hamilton to reach eleven consecutive seasons with Mercedes, the longest period for a driver with the same F1 team as the Michael Schumacher-Ferrari era (1996-2006). In the press releas by Mercedes we can read: "Mercedes-Amg Petronas F1 is pleased to announce the two-year extension of the agreement with the seven-time world champion and reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton.
We will no longer make annual agreements and we will never be late on renewals again." Lewis is considered one of the best drivers of all time, as well as together with Michael Schumacher, the most successful champion in the history of Formula 1.
He has won 7 world titles: in 2008 with McLaren and in 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 with Mercedes. He is also the driver with the most victories, podiums and pole positions in the history of the competition. He is instead second in terms of fastest laps achieved in the race, with 55, behind Schumacher.
It stands out for its very aggressive driving style, for its speed in qualifying and for its solidity in the race as well as for its dexterity in the wet, characteristics that make it a complete and very difficult driver for rivals.
Since his debut in the top category, Hamilton has won at least one race and one pole position during the world championship, making him the only driver in the history of the top formula to have done so from the first season for fifteen consecutive years.
With seven world titles he is the most successful Briton of all time, as well as the only Anglo-Saxon to have managed to triumph for four consecutive editions.
Horner: "Roger Federer and Djokovic? Like Hamilton and Verstappen"
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have also contributed to increasing the popularity of tennis outside the narrow circle of fans and insiders.
On the eve of the French Grand Prix, which will be staged this weekend at Le Castellet, Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner used the Big 3 to describe the rivalry between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton. Horner said: "As an F1 fan, I couldn't ask for anything better.
I want to see the two of them compete against each other and find out who really is the best. It's like when Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic face off. Max forces Lewis to make the most of himself and vice versa of course.
Both have improved each other." At the age of 23, Verstappen seems ready for the definitive leap in quality and to compete for the World Championship until the last race. The Dutchman lost a great chance to extend the standings in Baku a couple of weeks ago, thanks to an unfortunate puncture while he was leading the GP.
Max will try to make up for it on Sunday, but Mercedes has a crazy record on the transalpine circuit. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have created an incredible rivalry over the past decade and a half. In addition to having won a total of 59 Grand Slams, the Big 3 have monopolized the ATP Tour as never before in the history of this sport.
Novak Djokovic's recent triumph at the Roland Garros 2021 has rekindled the long-standing debate on the greatest ever, as the number 1 ATP has now moved within one length of his eternal rivals in the all-time rankings of the Slams.
Wimbledon and the US Open could be decisive in this regard, even if the Next Gen are more than ever willing to overturn the hierarchies. Nadal has announced that he will not participate in either Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympic Games, while Roger's state of shape is still far from 100% (as evidenced by the bad defeat in Halle).