In a move that has sent shockwaves through the Formula 1 community, Mercedes has officially announced the extension of contracts for both George Russell and Lewis Hamilton. This strategic decision solidifies the team’s lineup until the conclusion of the 2025 season, showcasing their commitment to maintaining a winning edge on the track.
George Russell, the talented driver who joined Mercedes at the outset of the 2022 season, has proven to be a force to be reckoned with. Despite initial doubts, Russell quickly silenced skeptics by clinching victory at the team’s sole race of the year and securing his maiden career win at the iconic Brazilian Grand Prix. Although faced with challenges in the current season, Russell’s unwavering determination and impressive performance have evidently impressed the team’s leadership.
Notably, Russell’s previous contract was set to expire at the end of 2024, but with this extension, he now stands poised to contribute significantly to the team’s future endeavors. In his remarks regarding the contract renewal, the British driver expressed his gratitude and enthusiasm. He highlighted his aspiration to continue making strides and helping Mercedes maintain its position as a frontrunner in the Formula 1 championship.
Equally significant is the contract extension for Lewis Hamilton, a seven-time Formula 1 world champion and an integral part of the Mercedes family. This announcement cements Hamilton’s ongoing partnership with the team, ensuring that his legacy continues to intertwine with the team’s success story. Hamilton’s exceptional skill, coupled with his experience and charisma, make him an invaluable asset both on and off the track.
Mercedes CEO and team principal, Toto Wolff, shared his insights on George Russell’s extended contract. He praised Russell’s evolution as a driver and commended his ability to adapt swiftly to the team’s dynamics. Wolff emphasized Russell’s potential to contribute to the team’s growth and emphasized his belief in the driver’s capabilities.
Hamilton’s contract extension adds another layer of stability to the Mercedes camp. His unparalleled track record and deep understanding of the team’s operations make him an influential figure within the organization. This move reaffirms Mercedes’ dedication to nurturing talent and fostering an environment where drivers can thrive.
“I have grown up with this team ever since joining as part of the Junior programme back in 2017. It’s my home and it feels fantastic to extend our special relationship through 2025.
“After stepping up to the Mercedes race seat last year, I wanted to reward the trust and belief that Toto and the rest of the team placed in me. Taking my first pole position and race win last year was an unforgettable feeling. More importantly though, it’s been great to work with everybody at Brackley and Brixworth to make progress with our car and push forward our development. Their loyalty, vision and hard work is inspiring.
“We have made some significant steps over the last 18 months and are only getting stronger as a team. I’m excited to help continue to build on that momentum as we progress into 2024 and 2025 as we continue to focus on returning to the very front of the pack.”
As the Formula 1 season progresses, all eyes will undoubtedly be on Mercedes and its formidable duo of Russell and Hamilton. The extended contracts for both drivers not only secure the team’s future but also set the stage for exhilarating battles and remarkable achievements on the race track. The Formula 1 landscape is ever-evolving, and with this extension, Mercedes has signaled its unwavering intent to remain at the forefront of the competition.
”George is a leading light of his generation. He has repaid the faith we showed in him when promoting him to a race seat in 2022. His maiden pole position in Hungary and first Grand Prix victory in São Paulo were standout moments last season. As a driver, he combines razor-sharp speed with the tenacity of a true fighter. But he brings, too, an intelligence and attention to detail that will help him to continue to grow, develop and improve further. He is a natural fit to the team and we are delighted to have extended the relationship for the coming years.”