Reigning F1 Drivers’ Champion Lewis Hamilton has agreed another contract with the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team for the 2021 season.
The deal, confirmed by the German company today, will see “one of the sport’s most successful ever collaborations” continue for a ninth consecutive season.
In what’s described as a “significant part” of the deal, the two parties want to build on their pledge to promote greater diversity and inclusion in motorsport by setting up a joint charitable foundation to support the cause.
“I am excited to be heading into my ninth season with my Mercedes teammates,” Hamilton said in a statement. “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.”
Team Principle and CEO, Toto Wolff, said “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 add more chapters to it”.
After his debut in the sport in 2007 with Mercedes F1 engine customer, McLaren, Lewis joined the Mercedes team in 2013. Since then, he has won 74 Grands Prix and six drivers’ championships. Last year he surpassed the win record set by Michael Schumacher, and continues to hold the all-time record.