Lewis Hamilton to go for title number 8 with Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton will go in search of a record breaking eighth Formula One drivers’ title with Mercedes after the Englishman agreed a new contract with the all-conquering team.

Mercedes has won every title in the new Hybrid era dating back to 2014 and Hamilton has won six drivers’ titles with the team as well as an incredible 74 F1 races. Last season saw Hamilton equal Michael Schumacher’s record of seven titles, and few would bet against him going one better in 2021.

“I am excited to be heading into my ninth season with my Mercedes teammates. Our team has achieved incredible things together and we look forward to building on our success even further, while continuously looking to improve, both on and off the track.

“I’m equally determined to continue the journey we started 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’m proud to say we are taking that effort further this year by launching a foundation dedicated to diversity and inclusion in the sport. I am inspired by all that we can build together and can’t wait to get back on the track in March.”

A key element to the Mercedes success story has been the working relationship between Hamilton and team boss Toto Wolff, who is hoping for further glory in 2021.

“We have always been aligned with Lewis that we would continue, but the very unusual year we had in 2020 meant it took some time to finish the process,” said Wolff. “Together, we have decided to extend the sporting relationship for another season and to begin a longer-term project to take the next step in our shared commitment to greater diversity within our sport.

“Lewis’s competitive record stands alongside the best the sports world has ever seen, and he is a valued ambassador for our brand and our partners. The story of Mercedes and Lewis has written itself into the history books of our sport over the past eight seasons, and we are hungry to compete and to add more chapters to it.”

Fraser Masefield

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