Hamilton signs new deal with McLaren

PUBLISHED: 16:41 18 January 2008 | UPDATED: 22:11 26 October 2009

Picture courtesy of www.mclaren.com

Picture courtesy of www.mclaren.com

LEWIS Hamilton has signed a new deal that will keep him at McLaren until 2012. The Formula 1 race ace, whose family home is in Tewin, has had his contract extended by five years after a phenomenal rookie season. And a delighted Lewis today hinted that McL

LEWIS Hamilton has signed a new deal that will keep him at McLaren until 2012.

The Formula 1 race ace, whose family home is in Tewin, has had his contract extended by five years after a phenomenal rookie season.

And a delighted Lewis today hinted that McLaren could be the only team he ever drives for.

He said: "It's fantastic for me that Vodafone McLaren Mercedes has extended my contract until 2012.

"While last year was my first year with the team in Formula 1, I have been connected to McLaren and Mercedes-Benz since 1998 and feel that I could easily drive for this team for the whole of my Formula 1 career.

"I am with the right team to compete for race wins and both the drivers' and constructors' world championships in the future.

"We will have a lot of challenges ahead, but I am 100 per cent positive I am with the people to take them on.

Ron Dennis, chief executive and chairman of the McLaren group, said: "Following our initial Formula 1 agreement with Lewis, which we announced in November 2006, he went on to exceed all expectations for a rookie in Formula 1, even those of us in the team who have known him for over a decade.

"Given Lewis's performances over the course of the 2007 season, it is clear that improved financial terms were fully deserved

"Today's announcement will take the length of our relationship with Lewis to a total of 15 years, which we believe is among the longest running associations between a sportsman and a team in the history of sport, particularly motorsport.

"Lewis is an exceptional human being, on both a personal and professional level, and will continue to be a credit to this team."

The 2008 season gets under way with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne in March.

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