Hamilton and Russell sign F1 contract extensions with Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton and George Russell have both signed contract extensions with Mercedes through to the end of the 2025 F1 season. 
Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 on the grid. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 14, Dutch Grand Prix, Zandvoort,
Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 on the grid. Formula 1 World…

The respective new deals will see Hamilton and Russell remain teammates and continue as Mercedes' driver line-up for at least the next two seasons. 

Remote video URL

Hamilton's new two-year extension will see him remain in F1 beyond his 40th birthday. 

Meanwhile, for 25-year-old Russell, the announcement marks a fresh two-year contract. 

The news brings to an end months of speculation surrounding Hamilton's F1 future, with the seven-time world champion even linked with a sensational switch to Ferrari. 

But a continuation with Mercedes was never in doubt, with both parties stressing a new contract was a formality. 

George Russell (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W14 leads Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W14. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd
George Russell (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W14 leads Lewis Hamilton (GBR)…

“We dream everyday of being the best and we have dedicated the past decade together to achieving that goal," Hamilton said. "Being at the top does not happen overnight or over a short period of time, it takes commitment, hard work and dedication and it’s been an honour to earn our way into the history books with this incredible team. 

"We have never been hungrier to win. We have learnt from every success but also every setback. We continue to chase our dreams, we continue to fight no matter the challenge and we will win again. I’m grateful to the team who have supported me both on and off the track. Our story isn’t finished, we are determined to achieve more together and we won’t stop until we do." 

George Russell added: "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." 

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff commented: "Continuing with our current driver line-up was a straightforward decision. We have the strongest pairing on the grid and both drivers are playing a crucial role in the team to move us forward. The strength and stability they provide will be key building blocks for our future success. 
"Our partnership with Lewis is one of the most successful in the sport's history. It was always a formality that we would continue together - and it's energising for us all to be confirming that publicly. His qualities as a pure racing driver are illustrated by his remarkable track record; but over our years together, he has grown to become a pillar and leader of our team. Those leadership qualities are crucial as we focus on fighting for world championships again. As F1's biggest global star, he has also played a key role in shaping our commitments to diversity, inclusion and sustainability, that will be foundations for our success in the years ahead. 
"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." 

Read More