Lewis hamilton Y Mercedes They will stay together for two more seasons, after reaching a renewal agreement that has been confirmed in the middle of the Austrian GP.
The seven-time world champion and the Anglo-German team had already publicly warned that this time they were not going to wait as long as in their previous renewal, which took place last February and for just one more campaign. The great regulatory change that is approaching for 2022 and the good tone that both parties have, as well as Mercedes’ commitment to support all of Hamilton’s social and racial demands, have been decisive for the renewal to come to fruition.
– Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team (@ MercedesAMGF1) July 3, 2021
With this news, Toto Wolff (Mercedes boss) ensures that there will be nothing to mislead the pilot German in full fight with Max verstappen for the title of champion, something that is resisting him due to the good moment of the Dutchman from Red Bull.
Another very different matter is what is going to happen with Valtteri Bottas, whose disappointing performance is not giving much reason to renew, beyond the fact that for Hamilton he is a comfortable squire that neither squeezes nor hinders him. In the front line of candidates in case the Finn does not continue is George Russell, the talented Briton from Williams whose contract belongs to Mercedes. He already showed that he can be in the champion team when he replaced Hamilton in the 2020 Sakhir GP for the positive in coronavirus that the seven-time champion gave.
Hamilton and Mercedes, a memorable dynasty
Hamilton has managed to become the driver with the most pole positions, the most victories and the most podium finishes in the history of Formula 1, in addition to drawing with Michael Schumacher as the champion with the most titles. All of this is due in large part to the iron grip that Mercedes is maintaining in this hybrid era of Formula 1.
Since landing in the Silver Arrows squad in 2013, Hamilton has won six of his seven World Cups, 77 of his 98 victories, 74 of his 100 pole positions and 122 of his 171 podiums, among other statistics.
“We have achieved a lot together, but we still have a lot to gain, both on and off the track,” the Briton said in the team statement. “I am incredibly proud and grateful for how Mercedes has supported me in my intention to improve diversity and equality in our sport. They have become co-responsible and have made significant progress in creating a more diverse team and a more inclusive environment.” the British thanked him.