Lewis Hamilton extends Mercedes contract through 2023; praises team's 'inclusive atmosphere'

Lewis Hamilton has renewed his contract with Mercedes to 2023, Formula One announced Saturday.

The seven-time world champion driver’s champion stated that he was proud of the support Mercedes gave him in his efforts to make Formula One more equal and inclusive.
Hamilton, 36, stated that the Merces has taken responsibility and created a more diverse and inclusive team. Hamilton made the statement via the team’s website.
Hamilton said, “It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost nine years working alongside this incredible team. I’m excited to continue our partnership for another two years.” Hamilton has won six of seven F1 titles with Mercedes.

Hamilton is the only Black driver on the grid and has been a strong advocate for diversity and racial equality in the sport.
Hamilton stood up against police brutality in the wake of George Floyd’s Minneapolis death.
Mercedes driver was wearing a Black Lives Matter helmet and a black racing suit. He also took the time to encourage his fellow drivers to do the same. As a sign of their commitment to diversity, his car was painted black.

“Peak of His Powers”

Hamilton, who is aiming for a record eighth title, is currently second in the drivers’ standings, 18 points behind Red Bull driver Max Verstappen.
Toto Wolff, Hamilton’s CEO and Team Principal stated that “His accomplishments in this sport speak for them, and with his speed, race-craft, and experience, he is at his peak,”
Wolff stated, “We are enjoying the fight we have this year — that’s why also we wanted to agree to this agreement early, so there are no distractions from our competition on the track,”
“I’ve always believed that Lewis can race as long as he has the passion for racing.”
Hamilton has won 77 races with Mercedes and held 74 pole positions. Briton holds F1’s record for most race wins (98).

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