Lewis Hamilton has put to rest any speculation that he might leave Mercedes for the likes of Red Bull or Ferrari in the near future, declaring unequivocally that he is committed to his Silver Arrows team.
The five-time Formula 1 world champion, who is contracted with Mercedes until the end of 2020, has been the subject of persistent rumors linking him with a move away from the German squad, but he has quashed any such talk.
“I’m committed to this team and I’m here for the long-term,” Hamilton told reporters. “I’m very happy here, and I feel I’m in the best place to achieve the results I’m striving for.”
The 34-year-old Briton has been no stranger to success since joining Mercedes in 2013, clinching four of his five titles with the team and establishing himself as one of the most successful drivers in modern F1.
Hamilton’s decision to stay with the team appears to be based on a number of factors, including loyalty, familiarity and his belief that Mercedes is a formidable force in the sport.
“I’m fortunate to have a great relationship with Mercedes, and I’m confident that we will continue to have a successful partnership,” he said. “I’m very confident that, together, we can continue to make history.”
Hamilton has also been impressed by the team’s commitment to constant improvement, which he believes will help them remain at the top of the sport.
“The team is always pushing to be the best, and we are constantly looking at ways to improve,” he said. “I’m very proud to be part of a team that is always striving for excellence.”
Hamilton’s decision to commit his future to Mercedes appears to have settled the speculation surrounding his future, and the five-time world champion will now be looking to add to his impressive tally of race wins and titles in the coming years.