F1 2022: silence of Lewis Hamilton, championship decision maker Max Verstappen, Abu Dhabi, boss of the FIA ​​world champion

Seven-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has left the world wondering about his future after a controversial end to the 2021 season.

It’s been just under a month since the controversial end of the 2021 F1 season and seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton is still not speaking.

The 2021 decision maker in Abu Dhabi will long be remembered after a decision by race director Michael Masi put Max Verstappen on new tires just behind Hamilton, who had led from start to finish.

Win would have seen Hamilton surpass Michael Schumacher’s record of seven world titles

but that was not the case when Verstappen won their first championship amid a blizzard of criticism, while Mercedes erupted in anger.

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In the end, Mercedes did not appeal the result, but word outside the camp is that the main sports manufacturer is still furious and is calling for change.

Hamilton has been silent since the Abu Dhabi race, even snubbing the FIA ​​end-of-season gala – for which he was punished by the sport’s governing body.

This has led former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone to believe Hamilton will step down before the start of the 2022 season, but current F1 boss Stefano Domenicali believes Hamilton will be back better than ever.

There have been reports that Hamilton has told Mercedes he will be back, but the only voice we have yet to hear in public is that of the F1 star himself.

Reports have revealed that Hamilton is ignoring messages from newly elected FIA President Mahamaaed Ben Sulayem as time is running out towards the start of the 2022 season.

“I sent him messages. I think it is not ready now to operate 100%, ”Sulayem told reporters during the Dakar rally.

“You don’t blame him. I understand his position, as a pilot – of course he’s on a different level. But also the rule is there.

“For me, it’s not special, a driver or a certain team. In general, there are rules that we must respect, and the integrity of the FIA, we must respect. And I can’t judge anyone unless I have the right facts.

“I think, of course, not being at the gala dinner, that’s something the team and Lewis knew about it.

“But at the end of the day, you are also human. The stress and the pressure have been there. I am convinced that everything will work out. We cannot think of our past. We have a lot to think about. We are the people of the future. “

Sulayem has also said he believes Hamilton will return to the sport.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff was also silent on Hamilton’s future, saying his No.1 driver was “disillusioned” and that neither he nor the Briton “will ever get over” the fiasco of Abu Dhabi.

Before Christmas Wolff said: “I really hope Lewis will keep racing because he is the greatest rider of all time. When you look at him from the perspective of the last four races he was dominant, there was not even a doubt who won the race. And it was worthy to win the world championship.

“So we’ll be working on events over the coming weeks and months. I think as a runner his heart will say “I have to keep going” because he is at the top of his game, but we have to get over the pain that was caused to him on Sunday, also because he is a man with clear values ​​and it’s hard to understand that this happened.


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