As Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton threatens to quit F1, the FIA president sends him a text message.
LEWIS HAMILTON has yet to make a public statement following the tumultuous Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, fueling speculation that he will retire from Formula One.
Lewis Hamilton has received a message from new FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem in an attempt to resolve the star’s future in Formula One.
Following the controversial Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in December, which cost him the drivers’ title, speculation is growing that Hamilton, 37, may retire from the sport.
Before the dubious safety car procedure, which saw race director Michael Masi change his initial instructions to drivers, ensuring a final lap of racing – which allowed Verstappen to overtake his rival on fresh tyres – the British driver appeared to be cruising to the chequered flag.
Mercedes filed two protests in response to the incident, but both were dismissed, prompting the Silver Arrows to file an appeal notice.
Despite team boss Toto Wolff telling reporters that Hamilton was “disillusioned” with events at the Yas Marina, the team later released a statement confirming they would not be triggering that option.
Despite acting with great dignity in the aftermath of the race, the 37-year-old has remained silent since, despite reports that he may not return for the 2022 season.
The FIA has launched a full investigation into what happened in Abu Dhabi, promising to present all findings to teams by February 3 – the next World Motorsport Council meeting.
During what the organization has promised will be a “transparent and thorough” investigation, all drivers, stewards, and officials involved in the drama, as well as Masi himself, will be interviewed.
The FIA’s secretary general of motor sport, Peter Bayer, is in charge, but Ben Sulayem, who took over from Jean Todt only five days after the season ended, is also involved and has contacted Hamilton.
“Mohammed Ben Sulayem has come in and made it a matter of urgency,” Sky Sports F1’s Craig Slater reported.
“He is personally involved; for example, he has texted Lewis Hamilton, and he wants to get this done properly as soon as possible.”
Slater also implied that the outcome of the investigation was crucial to Hamilton’s future.
“Mercedes and Hamilton are both waiting to see what will happen.
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