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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes Agree to 2021 Contract

Seven-time Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton will go for an eighth title in 2021 behind the wheel of a Mercedes once again. The reigning champ reached an agreement with Mercedes boss Toto Wolff after there had been delays in contract talks due to pandemic-related restrictions and the team’s focus on the title, Mercedes announced Feb. 8.

“I am excited to be heading into my ninth season with my Mercedes teammates,” Hamilton said in a press release. “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.

“We have always been aligned with Lewis that we would continue, but the very unusual year we had in 2020 meant it took some time to finish the process,” Wolff said. “Together, we have decided to extend the sporting relationship for another season and to begin a longer-term project to take the next step in our shared commitment to greater diversity within our sport.

“Lewis’ competitive record stands alongside the best the sports world has ever seen, and he is a valued ambassador for our brand and our partners.”

Hamilton joins teammate Valtteri Bottas, who is fresh off of a contract extension following his fourth season with Mercedes.