Lewis Hamilton’s two fellow world champions on the Formula 1 grid have welcomed the news he will race in F1 until at least the end of 2025.George Russell , taking the partnership up until the introduction of the new power unit formula in 2026.
The only two other world champions on the grid, Max Verstappen and Fernando Alonso, said the news was positive for Formula 1.
“For sure, I think it’s good for the sport,” Verstappen said.
“At the end of the day, it’s good for himself and Mercedes, because they’ve already teamed up for a long time. For them to continue that partnership is of course, great.”
Red Bull have won every race this season as well as every grand prix of the last year except for the 2022 Brazilian Grand Prix, won by Mercedes and Russell. Asked how he would feel about potentially battling against Hamilton over the next two seasons, Verstappen said it was too early to consider.
“We just have to wait and see what happens between the teams and how everyone is going to perform next year as well,” he said.
Alonso, who was Hamilton’s team mate during his rookie season at McLaren in 2007, paid tribute to his long-time rival and fellow champion after the news of his extension.
“I think that shows his commitment, his love for racing,” Alonso said.
“He has not taken a break. It’s good to have him two more years. I think he is one of the greatest of the sport. As long as he is still in Formula 1, I think it’s a benefit for the sport in general and for everyone, so I hope he stays more than 2025.”
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