He has finally concluded one of the novels that had Formula 1 fans in suspense for several weeks. The Englishman Lewis Hamilton has renewed his contract with the Mercedes team and will continue to compete in the highest category of motorsports, as announced by the German team itself in a statement on its website.
Hamilton, who equaled Schumacher’s all-time record of seven World titles last year, has renewed his contract for just one more season and will look to become the winningest F1 driver of all time this season.
“I am delighted to face what will be my ninth season with my Mercedes teammates. With this team we have achieved incredible things together; and we want to increase our successes even more, improving continuously; both on and off the track, ”said 36-year-old Hamilton.
This is excellent news for the German team, winner of the last seven Constructors’ World Cups in F1. His team leader, Austrian Toto Wolff, also signed the renewal agreement. “We always agreed with Lewis that we would continue together, but the unusual year we had in 2020 meant that it took some time to complete the process. Lewis’s record is among the best the sporting world has ever seen; and he is a valuable ambassador for our brand and for our partners ”, he pointed out.
After the involuntary interruption by the COVID-19 pandemic, when activity finally managed to resume with a limited and unorthodox World Cup, Lewis Hamilton was in charge of being champion for the fourth time in a row, equaling Schumacher’s seven conquests and pulverizing some records of the Kaiser.
Hamilton beat Schumacher’s number of victories (91) by reaching 95 races won before the end of the 2020 season, as well as surpassing him in number of podiums (165). Without a drastic change in the regulations, he is the main favorite to win the 2021 World Cup – it starts the last weekend of March in Bahrain and is initially scheduled to 23 races – and reach eight titles.
Furthermore, in his renewal communication with Mercedes, Hamilton announced that he will launch a project with his team to promote diversity in the future of motorsports.
“I am also convinced to follow the path that we started to make motorsport more diverse for future generations; and I am grateful that Mercedes has shown me all her support in this regard. I am proud to say that we are continuing that effort beyond this year by launching a foundation dedicated to diversity and inclusion in sport. I’m inspired by all that we can build together and I can’t wait to get back on the track in March, ”said the English driver who made his elite debut in 2007, a year before winning his first McLaren title. (GG) (Infobaae)