After months of negotiations, Lewis Hamilton renewed his yes word to Mercedes. The Brit extended his contract on the silver arrows until the end of 2018, thus ending all speculation about his further Formula One future.
Mercedes is my homeland, and I could not be happier to stay here for another three years,”said the 30-year-old Brit. His previous contract would have expired by the end of this year.” It felt safe,”said Hamilton.”It felt safe.” There was never any doubt.”Hamilton described his contract extension as”a very simple decision”.
“Lewis’s athletic record speaks for itself. He is a great personality for the company,”said Mercedes Motorsport Chief Toto Wolff.
For months the negotiations between Hamilton and Mercedes had attracted attention. That gave room for speculation. In this way, a possible change of Hamilton, who has been working on the silver arrows since 2013, has been collided to Ferrari. His hunger for success was “greater than ever before,” Hamilton announced.
The discussions were certainly also about a salar that the 36-time Grand Prix winner considered appropriate for a two-time world champion. Of nearly 140 million euros converted over the entire duration, the “Guardian” wrote. However, the talks also took some time, as after the separation from his management, Hamilton now conducts negotiations alone.
Now Mercedes has created facts. After Nico Rosberg, the team has also tied up its second driver in the long term.” I myself look forward very much to continuing with the strongest driver pairing of Formula 1 and sharing further historical successes,”said Wolff.
The extension of Hamilton’s contract in the principality reminds me a little of last year. Mercedes and Rosberg had continued to work together in Monaco. The new contract, interpreted as “several years”, for the native Wiesbaden was then made perfect before the German race 2014.