Lewis Hamilton prolonged his contract with Mercedes till 2023, the Formula One crew introduced on Saturday.
The seven-time world drivers’ champion mentioned he was pleased with how Mercedes had supported him in his drive to enhance diversity and equality in Formula One.
“They [Mercedes] have held themselves accountable and made necessary strides in making a extra numerous crew and inclusive atmosphere,” mentioned the 36-year-old Hamilton in a press release on the crew’s web site.
“It is difficult to imagine it’s been almost 9 years working with this unimaginable crew and I’m excited we’re going to proceed our partnership for 2 extra years,” added Hamilton, who has has received six of his seven F1 titles with Mercedes.
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Hamilton is searching for a record-breaking eighth world drivers’ championship.
The solely Black driver on the grid, Hamilton has emerged as a strong voice for range and racial equality throughout the sport.
At the identical time as equaling Michael Schumacher’s report of seven F1 world championships final season, Hamilton was a powerful voice in opposition to police brutality and racial injustice within the aftermath of George Floyd’s loss of life in Minneapolis.
The Mercedes driver wore a Black Lives Matter helmet with a black racing go well with, whereas additionally taking the knee earlier than every grand prix and inspiring his colleagues to do the identical. His automobile was painted black as a press release of the crew’s dedication to range.
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“We’re getting into a brand new period of automobile which will probably be difficult and thrilling and I am unable to wait to see what else we will obtain collectively,” mentioned Hamilton of his new contract.
As he seeks a record-breaking eighth championship, Hamilton is second within the drivers’ standings this season, 18 factors behind Red Bull driver Max Verstappen.
“His achievements on this sport converse for themselves, and together with his expertise, velocity and race-craft, he’s on the peak of his powers, ” mentioned CEO and Team Principal Toto Wolff of Hamilton.
“We are relishing the battle we’ve got on our arms this yr – and that’s why we additionally needed to agree this contract early, so we’ve got no distractions from the competitors on observe,” added Wolff.
“I’ve at all times mentioned that so long as Lewis nonetheless possesses the fireplace for racing, he can proceed so long as he desires.”
Hamilton has recorded 77 race victories and 74 pole positions with Mercedes, whereas the Briton holds the report for essentially the most race wins – 98 – in F1.