Lewis Hamilton signs new two year contract with Mercedes AMG Petronas
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News July 19, 2018 Updated: 4:34 PM PT
HOCKENHEIM, Germany — Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton will continue to drive for the Silver Arrows signing a two-year contract after it was announced ahead of this weekend’s German Grand Prix.
The reigning world champion, who has driven for the team since 2013, was pleased to continue the work with the Brackley based team he has helped earn four world constructors’ titles and three driver’s championships. This makes him the most successful driver in the team's history.
"This contract extension has basically been a formality since Toto and I sat down during the winter, so it's good to put pen to paper, announce it and then get on with business as usual," Hamilton said. "I have been part of the Mercedes racing family for 20 years and I have never been happier inside a team than I am right now.
"We are on the same wavelength both on and off track - and I am looking forward to winning more in the future and shining even more light on the three-pointed star. I'm very confident that Mercedes is the right place to be over the coming years.
Although we have enjoyed so much success together since 2013, Mercedes is hungrier than ever - from Dr. Zetsche and the board members at the top of Daimler, through Toto and the team management, to every single person I meet in the corridors of Brixworth and Brackley.”
"The competitive passion that burns bright inside me is shared by every single member of this group - always chasing the next improvement and digging even deeper to make sure we come out on top. I can't wait to see what we can achieve together in the next two-and-a-half seasons."
Since Hamilton’s arrival in 2007, 65 of his career wins have all been accredited to Mercedes power as he currently sits second on the all-time wins list and just twenty-six away from former Mercedes driver and Formula One legend Michael Schumacher.
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff was also pleased to continue the work with Hamilton as they continue to fight for dominance as one of the top teams in Formula One.
"We have been aligned with Lewis ever since we first sat down to discuss the details of this contract after last season, but there has understandably been a lot of interest and speculation around the whole process, so it's good to put all of that to rest and get this thing announced," he said.
"We signed the final documents this week and didn't want to keep people waiting any longer! There is not much about Lewis as a Formula One driver that hasn't been said already - he is one of the all-time greats and his track record speaks for itself.
"But what I enjoy most about working with him is getting to know the man inside the racing helmet: his relentless drive for self-improvement, his emotional intelligence as a team member and his loyalty to those around him.
Mercedes has become Lewis' home in Formula One and his story is linked forever with the silver and green of Mercedes-AMG Petronas. I am very confident that we have some incredible chapters of our story together still to come."
Hamilton and Mercedes are in a tight battle with title rival Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari with Hamilton eight points behind Vettel in the driver’s championship and Mercedes twenty points behind Ferrari in the constructors’ championship.
Teammate Valtteri Bottas, who joined the team after the surprise retirement of Nico Rosberg, is expected to retain his seat for next season.