Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton will be staying in Method One for the next two years now now not lower than after he and Mercedes announced a contract extension on Saturday.
The new deal covers 2022 and 2023.
“I am indignant we’re going to proceed our partnership for two more years. Now we own finished plenty collectively nonetheless we aloof own plenty to cease, every on and off the be aware,” acknowledged the Briton, 36, at the Austrian Vast Prix.
Hamilton, who joined Mercedes from McLaren in 2013 as change for retired seven-time champion Michael Schumacher, used to be out of a contract at the cease of this season after agreeing a one-one year deal entirely in February.
“I own continuously acknowledged that as long as Lewis aloof possesses the fireside for racing, he can proceed as long as he wants,” commented crew boss and shareholder Toto Wolff.
Hamilton is the game’s most winning driver of all time, with 98 wins and 100 pole positions, and Mercedes had acknowledged they did now not desire to leave it so unhurried again.
“I’m extremely proud and grateful of how Mercedes has supported me in my power to enhance range and equality in our sport,” acknowledged Hamilton, the game’s entirely Sunless driver, who has gentle his platform to campaign for social justice.
“They’ve held themselves in payment and made essential strides in setting up a more various crew and inclusive environment.
“We’re entering a new generation of car which is in a spot of abode to be involving and attractive, and I can’t wait to contemplate what else we can cease collectively.”
Hamilton is combating for a record eighth title nonetheless is 2d within the original championship, 18 aspects at the help of Crimson Bull’s Max Verstappen after eight races.
Wolff acknowledged there used to be “no better driver” to own within the crew as they prepare for predominant rule changes in 2022.
“His achievements in this sport keep in touch for themselves, and with his trip, disappear and speed-craft, he is at the height of his powers,” added the Austrian.
“We’re relishing the battle we’ve on our hands this one year and that’s why we also desired to agree this contract early, so we haven’t any distractions from the competition heading within the suitable direction.”
Liberty Media-owned Method One welcomed the announcement that its smartly-known person property had ended any speculation about his future.
“This is amazing news for Method One and I am contented that Lewis will preserve in F1 for now now not lower than one other two years,” acknowledged CEO Stefano Domenicali.
“What he has completed in this sport is amazing and I do know he has more to attain reduction. He’s a world superstar on and off the racetrack and his particular affect on Method One is elephantine.”
Hamilton’s crew mate for 2022 remains to be decided, with Finland’s Valtteri Bottas out of a contract and young Briton George Russell tipped to change him.