The 2021 F1 season is highly anticipated and has finally been given the go-ahead by the FIA with the first race set to take place in Bahrain. Although, this circuit is well renowned as the season finisher. The Bahrain Grand Prix which kicks off on March 28th will also see a new race in the form of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, as well as the first visit to Zandvoort since 1985, as the Dutch Grand Prix returns to the calendar. Another highly anticipated event was the contract negotiations between Mercedes and the 7-time world champion of F1 Lewis Hamilton. The 36-year-old’s previous contract finished in 2020. However, this week it has been confirmed that Lewis Hamilton will race for a ninth season with Mercedes. Hamilton became F1’s most successful driver in 2020, breaking Schumacher’s all-time win record and matching his 7 World Championships. ‘’Our team has achieved incredible things together’’ said Hamilton. Part of the new deal included a commitment from Mercedes that they would continue to work with Hamilton on achieving “greater diversity and inclusion in Motorsport’’.
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Lewis Hamilton signed the one-year deal with Mercedes with the hope of breaking the record of World Championships won by one person. Hamilton’s defence of his current title begins on the 28th of March in Bahrain, and if he is successful and wins the 5th World Championship in a row, he will surpass the record of 7 that he currently shares with Michal Schumacher. Mercedes have won the constructors’ championship 7 times in a row and the drivers’ world title has gone to a Mercedes driver for 7 seasons straight, with Hamilton winning 6.
Mercedes CEO and Team Principal Toto Wolff said in a statement ‘’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’’. He then goes onto say, “We are totally in line – Lewis and me and the wider group in Mercedes – about the situation, so there was never a discrepancy in opinion”.
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