While the future of F1 driver Lewis Hamilton is still uncertain, the idea of his retirement from Formula 1 seems very unlikely, music to the ears of his staunch and passionate fan base.
Alas, Lewis Hamilton’s quest for an eighth world championship title in 2021 has fallen on hard times. Max Verstappen came out on top in the 2021 Formula One season. However, the Mercedes driver had believed that he would win the title during the last Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi, but everything finally swung in favour of the Dutchman on the last lap.
This defeat was visibly hard to swallow for Hamilton who has since disappeared from the radar screen. The Mercedes F1 driver deleted his Instagram followers, hasn’t responded to media, didn’t show up to the FIA end of season gala, and even ignored the new FIA president’s attempts to communicate.
Some say that the seven-time world champion could stop Formula 1 and retire, he who is however under contract until 2023 with Mercedes AMG F1.
“Very little credibility”.
For the time being, it is still unclear whether Lewis Hamilton will be at the start of the first Grand Prix of the 2022 season in his Mercedes.
A journalist for Auto Hebdo, Julien Billiotte told Ouest France about the future of the British driver. Would Hamilton stop racing now?
“It’s not very credible. He is not going to crash Mercedes a month and a half before the winter tests at the end of February.
“It is certain that the Abu Dhabi finale left a very bitter taste in Mercedes, and particularly in Hamilton. That’s why he hasn’t spoken out at all since.
“But I think it’s a choice, it’s part of his strategy to create a bit of doubt about a possible surprise retirement like that, to send a message to the FIA that he’s not satisfied.
“Any doubts about Hamilton’s potential retirement were very quickly swept away in 2021 when he re-signed for two years with Mercedes, just a few months after his last, more laborious signing in 2020,”
So there then ‘Hamfosi’, worry not. Your 8 time Champion will be back to try and actually win his 8th title in 2022.