The star-studded pair, Lewis Hamilton and the iconic Mercedes team, have solidified their agreement for the 2024 and 2025 F1 seasons. This will prolong Hamilton’s tenure at the Brackley, a place where he has shown his mettle by securing six of his seven world titles, extending his stay to a total of 13 years.
Hamilton has previously expressed contentment with his role in F1 for coming years, but eventually, the agreement was fashioned to a two-year term. Toto Wolff, the team’s principal, believes that the short-term agreement offers flexibility for both parties, negating the necessity for complicated exit clauses.
A significant shift in F1 rules is set to happen in 2026, which means Hamilton has the leeway to gauge how competitive Mercedes will be with its new car and power unit before deciding his continuity with the team. Wolff expounded on this by saying, “This is a dynamic environment and signing a five-year contract means that you need to discuss about [if] there is any escape clause in case we’re not providing him with a car that is performing.” He further stressed, “So we didn’t entertain that. We said we see the foreseeable future is two years. And that’s what we are committing to each other.”
As per Wolff’s understanding, he perceives Hamilton playing a role with the team till the terminal point of his active F1 career, and believes he will not deliberate over a move to another team. He opined, “I think first of all, his role with the team will go on for a longer period even when he decides not to drive anymore.” Wolff further commented, “I can’t see him driving for another team and he’s going to be always this iconic racing driver and personality outside [the sport], so I very much hope that our careers and our journey continues beyond the racing.”
Mercedes has also secured George Russell under its wing by making a deal that lasts until the end of 2025. This signifies that both drivers have the freedom to examine their potential path in light of the upcoming 2026 rule revision.
Wolff maintained his composure at the prospect of losing both drivers at this critical juncture and affirmed that it solely rests on Mercedes‘ capability to produce a fast car that is desirable for top drivers. He revealed his faith in the continuity of the partnership if it aids both sides. He quoted an anecdote from a renowned football coach, “if a good player wants to go elsewhere then he’s never stopped him going elsewhere,” emphasizing that if either the team or the driver desires to part ways, one must accept the move.