Monza, Italy – Lewis Hamilton, the seven-time world champion revealed that he inked a new two-year contract with the Mercedes Formula One team, driven by a sense of “unfinished business”. The British race car driver is on a quest to secure his elusive eighth global title.
Hamilton, associated with Mercedes since 2013, clinched five of his seven worldwide titles with Mercedes. He nearly snagged an unparalleled eighth title, only to lose the 2021 championship crown to Max Verstappen in a contentious showdown.
During a press meet at the Italian Grand Prix on Thursday, he jested with the media, “You’re all stuck with me for a little bit longer,” adding, “Honestly, I couldn’t be happier to be extending with this team.”
Acknowledging the workload ahead, he commented, “We have a lot of work to do to get ourselves back to the front, but there is no place I would rather be.”
Ever since F1 revamped the sport’s technical rules in 2022, Mercedes has struggled to provide Hamilton with a victorious car while rivals Verstappen and Red Bull surged forward to dominate the sport. Consequently, Hamilton has been stymied in his efforts to counter his 2021 loss, which resulted from a debatable decision by then race director Michael Masi.
Despite this, Hamilton affirmed that his 2021 experience did not sway his contract extension decision. “On the 2021 thing, I’m not really a revenge person and it’s not about revenge,” he clarified. “It’s not about redemption. That’s in the past and there is nothing you can do about the past.”
Hamilton, a firm believer in forging ahead, expressed, “What we can do is work harder, be more precise and be better moving forwards. I truly believe with this team we can win more championships together and more races. That’s where all my energy is coming from.”
Hamilton, standing as the second oldest driver after Fernando Alonso, will race into his early 40s under this fresh agreement. He confessed himself inspired by NFL star Tom Brady, who retired at 45 this year, admiring Brady as an exemplary model for athletes.
Regarding his future, Hamilton, who has hinted at racing for another five years, did not discount another extension if he fails to accomplish his aims within the forthcoming two years. “I’m not working towards next year thinking it will take another four years to get where we need to be, but I’m aware that it does take time,” Hamilton said.
“Even if it is not next year or the year after, we will be there”, he concluded, expressing his optimism.