The Lewis Hamilton contract saga has come to an end. The Brit signed a contract for one more season with Mercedes-AMG Petronas. Financial details are kept under wraps.
Lewis Hamilton has finally put his signature on a new deal with Mercedes, following months and months of delay. He will therefore remain with the team that he has been driving for since 2013. Throughout this period, he won seven championship title. The only exception was the 2016 season. It was the year his teammate, Nico Rosberg, became a world championship title holder before he decided to retire.
Lewis Hamilton puts an end to speculation and signs a one-season deal. The unofficial deadline was the end of February. But with Toto Wolff in quarantine in Kitzbuhel, Austria, due to the Covid-19 infection, negotiations jammed.
Rumors have it that the parts would not come to terms with reference to the financial details. Unofficial sources claimed that Lewis was asking for a 60-million euro salary. The trio leading the team, made up of Daimler, INEO and Toto Wolff, would refuse his financial demands. The German media claims a sum somewhere around 40 million euros.
Lewis Hamilton is the initiator of the pro diversity and anti-racism campaign. It was his idea that, in 2020, the Silver Arrows and the silver racing suits turn black. They will return to silver this season.
Lewis Hamilton, the record-holder with Mercedes-AMG Petronas
The 36-year old driver holds 95 victories in Formula 1. The figure makes the Brit a record-holder, after he took over Michael Schumacher in 2020.
“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”, Lewis said soon after signing.
“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”, Team Principal Toto Wolff states.