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SPORTS

Lewis Hamilton signs new Mercedes contract

SPORTS By Robert Abong'o | February 8th 2021
Formula One F1 - Bahrain Grand Prix - Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain - November 29, 2020 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the race [Pool via REUTERS/Tolga Bozoglu/File Photo]

Seven-time Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton has signed a new one-year contract with Mercedes.

The reigning world champion will now stay with Mercedes in 2021 and partner Finnish driver Valterri Bottas.

“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,” said Hamilton.

The 36-year-old Briton also expressed determination to pick up where he left off last season, thanking Mercedes for the immense support throughout his career.

Formula One F1 - Emilia Romagna Grand Prix - Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy - November 1, 2020 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton in action during the race [Pool via Reuters/Davide Gennari]

“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,” he added.

“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 Mercedes boss Toto 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,” he added.

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