The reigning Formula 1 champion has finally signed with the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 team for 2021.

The 36-year-old has driven with the team based in Brackley since 2013 and has won an all-time title tally of seven championships.

In a statement, 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.”

The Briton matched Michael Schumacher’s record of seven Formula 1 championship titles at last year’s Turkish Grand Prix.

At the Portuguese Grand Prix beforehand he had surpassed Schumacher’s win record of 91 victories. Hamilton is currently on 95. He also has 98 pole positions.

He continued: “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.”

Mercedes has made it clear this is simply a one year deal denying rumours of an option on Twitter this morning. “Plans for 2022 will be discussed in due course” the team’s official account tweeted.

Toto Wolff, CEO & Team Principal, added: “We have always been aligned with Lewis that we would continue, but the very unusual year we had in 2020 meant it took some time to finish the process.

“Together, we have decided to extend the sporting relationship for another season and to begin a longer-term project to take the next step in our shared commitment to greater diversity within our sport.

“Lewis’s competitive record stands alongside the best the sports world has ever seen, and he is a valued ambassador for our brand and our partners.

“The story of Mercedes and Lewis has written itself into the history books of our sport over the past eight seasons, and we are hungry to compete and to add more chapters to it.”

The pre-season tests and the opening round of the 2021 championship is set to take place later next month in Bahrain, at the Sakhir International Circuit.

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