The Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team is delighted to announce a two-year extension to its partnership with the reigning seven-time World Drivers’ Champion Lewis Hamilton, continuing a relationship that has become the most successful team and driver pairing in Formula One history.
Hamilton will drive for Mercedes in the 2022 and 2023 seasons, his 10th and 11th with the Brackley based team.
As F1 enters a new era in 2022 with wholesale technical regulation changes, Mercedes and Hamilton will forge new ground in a collaboration which has spanned his entire F1 career, first powered by Mercedes-Benz with McLaren-Mercedes and then with the works Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team, which he joined in 2013.
Lewis Hamilton commented: “It is hard to believe it’s been nearly nine years working with this incredible team and I’m excited we’re going to continue our partnership for two more years. We’ve accomplished so much together but we still have a lot to achieve, both on and off the track. I’m incredibly proud and grateful of how Mercedes has supported me in my drive to improve diversity and equality in our sport.
“They have held themselves accountable and made important strides in creating a more diverse team and inclusive environment. Thank you to all the dedicated and talented individuals at Mercedes whose hard work makes it all possible and the Board for their continued trust in me.
“We’re entering a new era of car which will be challenging and exciting and I can’t wait to see what else we can achieve together.”
Since joining the works team, Hamilton has claimed six World Drivers’ Championships, 77 race victories and 74 pole positions to date.
Toto Wolff, CEO and Team Principal, continued: “As we enter a new era of F1 from 2022 onwards, there can be no better driver to have in our team than Lewis. His achievements in this sport speak for themselves, and with his experience, speed and race-craft, he is at the peak of his powers.
“We are relishing the battle we have on our hands this year – and that’s why we also wanted to agree this contract early, so we have no distractions from the competition on track. I have always said that as long as Lewis still possesses the fire for racing, he can continue as long as he wants.”
The Mercedes F1 team are in action at the Red Bull Ring in the Austrian Grand Prix on 2-4 June.
After last weeks Styrian Grand Prix around the same circuit Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton are sitting second in the drivers championship behind Max Verstappen and the constructors championship behind Red Bull.