Lewis Hamilton’s F1 future remains unclear ahead of 2022 season after controversial title finale

Almost a month after the controversial F1 2021 final and uncertainty remains about Lewis Hamilton’s future in the sport ahead of the new season in March; The FIA ​​said it is conducting a review of last month’s Abu Dhabi GP events

Last updated: 01/10/22 20:14

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Craig Slater reports the latest news on Lewis Hamilton’s future in F1 following the controversial end of the 2021 season last month.

Craig Slater reports the latest news on Lewis Hamilton’s future in F1 following the controversial end of the 2021 season last month.

Lewis Hamilton’s future in F1 remains unclear – with the FIA ​​investigation in Abu Dhabi as key to its resolution – Sky Sports News has learned.

Hamilton lost the world championship to Max Verstappen in extremely controversial circumstances on the final lap of the Abu Dhabi GP at the end of the 2021 season on 12 December. Mercedes withdrew its appeal against the result after the FIA ​​promised an investigation into the events surrounding the Safety Car’s procedures.

That investigation was announced on December 15: Could a delay in his results have an impact on Hamilton continuing to try to win an eighth world title in the new season?

Craig Slater of Sky Sports News reported: “69 days before the first Grand Prix in Bahrain, it is still unclear whether Lewis Hamilton will be on the grid.

“As for Hamilton’s return to Formula 1, the appetite for it and overcoming the ‘disillusionment’ his team boss Toto Wolff said he felt after Abu Dhabi, it is up to the FIA ​​to deliver on the commitment it made earlier. of Christmas to investigate the events of that last round and to find some discoveries.

“It is understood that Mercedes wants to see something tangible. It was put to me like this: the longer it drags on, the worse Lewis Hamilton’s situation, and this from a senior source.”

The 23-race 2022 campaign begins on March 18-20, with winter testing for the newest generation of cars underway since February 23.

What happened and what was said after Abu Dhabi?

Hamilton made a cryptic reference to his future in his short post-race interview with Jenson Button: “We gave it our all and never gave up and that’s the most important thing. We’ll see next year.”

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Experience the incredible conclusion of the Abu Dhabi GP in the cars of Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton and listen to the team’s radios, including Hamilton stating that the race was “manipulated”.

Experience the incredible conclusion of the Abu Dhabi GP in the cars of Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton and listen to the team’s radios, including Hamilton stating that the race was “manipulated”.

Together with fellow Mercedes, the seven-time world champion did not conduct further media interviews after the race. Hamilton has not posted on his social media accounts since.

In the days following the controversial finale, Hamilton attended Windsor Castle where he was awarded the title of knight, while also attending Mercedes ‘celebrations to celebrate the eighth consecutive record-breaking constructors’ title.

Speaking ahead of the Dakar, new FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem disagrees with suggestions that Hamilton will retire before next season.

“No, I don’t think he will [quit]”he told reporters.” I’ll ask your question, Lewis stated he won’t race? Not exactly. Being a pilot, you declare yourself, you do not let the rumors [talk].

“I am confident that Lewis [will return]. Lewis is an important part of motorsport and of course Formula 1, the new era [can add to] Lewis wins and successes, and Verstappen is there too.

“I am very confident that next year you will see a very challenging Formula 1 season.”

The 60-year-old, elected as Jean Todt’s successor in December, has meanwhile outlined the goal of examining F1 regulations as a means of avoiding a repeat of the conclusion in Abu Dhabi.

“I intend to study the case of what happened in Abu Dhabi and a decision will be made on how to move forward without any pressure from anyone,” said Ben Sulayem.

“The integrity of the FIA, it is my job and duty to protect it, but it doesn’t mean that we don’t review our regulations and if there is any improvement [to make], we.

“I said in my first press conference, this is not God’s book. This was written by humans. It can be improved and changed by humans. So that’s it.”

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