The Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team and Lewis have signed a new contract, which will see one of the sport’s most successful ever collaborations continue for a ninth consecutive season.
As revealed in a statement released on Monday, a significant part of the new agreement builds upon the joint commitment to greater diversity and inclusion in motorsport that was made last year by Lewis and Mercedes.
“This will take the form of a joint charitable foundation, which will have the mission of supporting greater diversity and inclusion in all its forms in motorsport,” it said.
Lewis made his F1 debut with Mercedes F1 engine customer team McLaren in 2007 and has been powered in all his 266 Grands Prix by Mercedes-Benz engines. He joined the Mercedes works team in 2013 and has since won 74 F1 races as well as six Drivers’ Championships with the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team. In 2020, he broke Michael Schumacher’s win record and is now all-time race win record holder in Formula One.
Reacting Lewis Hamilton said: “I am excited to be heading into my ninth season with my Mercedes teammates. 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.”
Commenting on the new agreement, Markus Schäfer, Non-Executive Chairman described Hamilton as an incredibly talented driver; who works very hard for his achievements and shares his passion for performance with the entire team.
He said: “We’re very happy to keep the most successful F1 driver of the current era in the most successful F1 team of the current era. Lewis is a warm-hearted personality who cares deeply about the world around him and wants to make an impact.
“As a company, Mercedes-Benz shares this sense of responsibility and is proud to commit to a new, joint foundation to improve diversity in motorsport. Opening the sport to under-represented groups will be important for its development in the future and we’re determined to make a positive impact.”
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