Lewis Hamilton has officially confirmed he has signed a new deal with Mercedes to continue racing with the team for three more years, until the end of 2018.
The two-time world champion had always been expected to put pen to paper on a new deal, but the protraction of the negotiations had raised speculation of a difficulty in coming to terms between driver and team.
However, ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix, Mercedes have now confirmed Hamilton will not only stay with the team into 2016, but remain until the end of the 2018 season.
Currently leading the standings after five races as he seeks a third world title, Hamilton is thrilled to have firmed his future with the German marque.
"Mercedes is my home and I couldn't be happier to be staying here for another three years,” he said. “This is a company filled with real passionate racers, from the board room to the factory floor, and an incredible hunger to win. Even after the success of last year, that hunger is greater than ever - and it's the same for me, too.
“The Mercedes car I am driving right now is the best I have ever had in my career; it's just so much fun to be out there every weekend, on the limit and fighting to win at every track. Mercedes-Benz began supporting me in 1998 so I am very proud that this contract means I will mark 20 years with Mercedes in 2018."
Champion with McLaren in 2008, Hamilton clinched his second title with Mercedes this time in 2014 after a thrilling year-long tussle with team-mate Nico Rosberg. Since his debut in 2007, Hamilton has notched up 36 race wins, 15 of which have been achieved with the Mercedes team he joined in 2013.