In the run-up to the Italian Grand Prix, Mercedes has finally announced the long-awaited deal. Hamilton’s teammate George Russell will also remain with Mercedes until the end of 2025, the racing stable reports.
Hamilton (38) has been driving for Mercedes since 2013 and celebrated great successes with the team. The Briton holds seven world titles, six of which with Mercedes, and is therefore the record holder together with Michael Schumacher. In 2021 he lost the battle in the last round in Abu Dhabi to Max Verstappen. Since then, Mercedes and Hamilton have had a much more difficult time after the introduction of the new rules in the premier class. Hamilton’s last victory dates from December 5, 2021 in Jeddah. He currently occupies fourth place in the battle for the world title, trailing leader Verstappen by 183 points.
“We dream every day to be the best and we have worked together for the past ten years to achieve that goal,” said Hamilton. “Being at the top doesn’t happen overnight or in a short period of time, it takes dedication, hard work and dedication and it was an honor to earn our place in the history books with this team. We’ve never been as hungry as we are to win. We have learned from every success, but also from every setback. We’ll keep chasing our dreams, we’ll keep fighting no matter the challenge, and we’ll win again in the end. I am grateful to the team for supporting me both on and off the track. Our story is not finished yet, we are determined to achieve more together and we will not stop until we succeed.”
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff believes that he has the ‘best driver duo on the grid’ with Hamilton and Russell (25). According to Wolff, extending Hamilton’s contract was a formality and his leadership is crucial for Mercedes to return to the top.