Hamilton extends Mercedes stay

08 February 2021 23:27:09 GMTPlus10

World champion Lewis Hamilton is eyeing further success in 2021 with Mercedes after putting pen to paper on a new one-year contract.

The 36-year-old matched Michael Schumacher's record when sealing a seventh Drivers' Championship in 2020, finishing 124 points clear of teammate Valtteri Bottas.

Since joining Mercedes in 2013, Hamilton has been incredibly dominant with six of his seven titles coming during the following years, while he has topped the standings in each of the last four seasons.

The Brit broke Schumacher's record for race victories in 2020 and has his sights set on further glory during the upcoming season.

Despite his reputation as the best driver around, Hamilton fell out of contract with the Silver Arrows at the end of the 2020 term, although he was always expected to re-commit to the team for a ninth campaign.

"I am excited to be heading into my ninth season with my Mercedes teammates," Hamilton told Mercedes' official website. "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 can be backed at 1.25 to win the Drivers Championship 2021 with Red Bull's Max Verstappen priced at 3.75 and Bottas available at 51.00.

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