The new contract for Lewis Hamilton is as crucial for Mercedes as it is for Hamilton – Di Resta
Lewis Hamilton’s two-year contract extension with the Brackley-based German team does not surprise Paul de Resta, a former Formula One driver.
Lewis Hamilton’s two-year contract extension with the Brackley-based German team did not surprise former F1 driver Paul di Resta, who believes the seven-time world champion needs Mercedes as much as they need him in the future.
Hamilton signed a new two-year contract on Friday ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix, committing to a record-breaking ninth world championship.
It means that when the deal expires in 2024, the Briton will be just shy of his 39th birthday, as he aspires to join the seven-time world champions as the most successful driver in Formula One history.
Since joining the team from McLaren in 2013, Hamilton has won six of his seven championships with the team, with over 70 race victories.
Di Resta, on the other hand, thought the announcement provided an interesting discussion point.
“I believe the surprise was when he mentioned last week (and) they had already talked, and I guess what it was was a one-page paper that said, ‘We’re going to renew the contract.’ Di Resta told Sky Sports F1: “Why wouldn’t you want him in the team?”
“Why wouldn’t he want to be a part of the new Formula One generation? Especially given their track record of achievement.
“However, if there was ever a time when they needed to get their heads together and find stability, it’s now, because Red Bull and Max Verstappen are leading the charge.
“And Lewis has to be at his best; they have to build a team around him, but he’s the best option for them.
“Everything’s encouraging to see it nailed down so early in the season.”
To date, Hamilton has 77 race victories and 74 pole positions to go along with his six championships since joining Mercedes, and he will now work with Mercedes as the sport enters a new era with the 2022 regulatory revisions.
Contract talks dragged on until the conclusion of last season and into the beginning of 2021, but Mercedes claimed the delays were unintentional, resulting in a snarled end to the F1 season, during which both Hamilton and his team-boss signed COVID-19.
Finally, the announcement was made. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”