Lewis Hamilton has revealed his ambitions for driving improvement at Mercedes both on and off the track after his new contract was finally announced.
It was confirmed on Monday morning that Hamilton will drive for the team in 2021 on a one-year deal which includes a joint commitment for increasing diversity and inclusion in the sport. The seven-times world champion is pleased that Mercedes have supported him in developing this initiative.
“I am excited to be heading into my ninth season with my Mercedes teammates,” Hamilton said in an official statement from Mercedes. “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.”
Hamilton was vocal in speaking out about activism matters in 2020, having shown his support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Over the summer the 36-year-old went on to launch his own initiative to help create more opportunities in motorsport for young black students.
2021 will mark Hamilton’s ninth season with Mercedes. It is a partnership that has enjoyed huge success, with Hamilton having won consecutive drivers' world titles since 2014 barring Nico Rosberg’s 2016 championship victory.
The Briton will once again partner with Valterri Bottas this season as the silver arrows look to continue their winning streak. And with few changes being made to last year’s cars due to the development freeze, it appears highly likely that Mercedes will still be a dominant force in 2021.