Lewis Hamilton has signed a new deal with Mercedes which will keep him at the Brackley-based team until at least the end of 2023.
Since joining the German manufacturer in 2013, Hamilton has won 77 races and six world championships, earning him the status of being one of the greatest Formula One drivers of all time.
The news will provide some clarity on how Mercedes will look in 2022, but their second seat is still up for grabs, with George Russell keen to step up to the team.
Hamilton and Mercedes have endured their toughest start together this year since the Turbo-Hybrid era began, with Max Verstappen and Red Bull the ones to beat so far.
But speaking on the announcement, the 36-year-old said he still has plenty to achieve together with the team.
“It is hard to believe it’s been nearly nine years working with this incredible team and I’m excited we’re going to continue our partnership for two more years,” he said in a press release.
“We’ve accomplished so much together but we still have a lot to achieve, both on and off the track.
“I’m incredibly proud and grateful of how Mercedes has supported me in my drive to improve diversity and equality in our sport, they have held themselves accountable and made important strides in creating a more diverse team and inclusive environment.
“Thank you to all the dedicated and talented individuals at Mercedes whose hard work makes it all possible and the Board for their continued trust in me.
“We’re entering a new era of car which will be challenging and exciting and I can’t wait to see what else we can achieve together.”