Lewis Hamilton commits his fut...


Lewis Hamilton commits his future to Mercedes

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Reigning Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has signed a new one-year contract with Mercedes.

He says he's looking forward to achieving more "incredible things" in his ninth season with them.

Hamilton will go for an unprecedented eighth title when the new campaign gets underway in Bahrain next month.

"I am excited to be heading into my ninth season with my Mercedes team-mates,"  the British driver said of his new deal with the German team.

"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.

"I'm equally determined to continue the journey we started to make motorsport more diverse for future generations and I am grateful that Mercedes has been extremely supportive of my call to address this issue. I'm proud to say we are taking that effort further this year by launching a foundation dedicated to diversity and inclusion in the sport.

"I am inspired by all that we can build together and can't wait to get back on the track in March."

Mercedes chief Totto Wolff says he was always confident that Hamilton would opt to stay for at least one more season.

"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.

"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'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."

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