Mercedes has declined to comment on Lewis Hamilton’s future, despite the possibility of his retirement.

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Mercedes has declined to comment on Lewis Hamilton’s future, despite the possibility of his retirement.

MERCEDES has declined to comment on Lewis Hamilton’s Formula One future.

When asked if Lewis Hamilton’s future in Formula One is dependent on the outcome of the FIA’s investigation into the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Mercedes reportedly declined to comment.

Insiders have told the BBC that Hamilton has lost faith in the governing body as a result of the race, which saw Red Bull’s Max Verstappen win the championship in controversial circumstances.

FIA race director Michael Masi changed the rules at Yas Marina during a late safety car period, angering Mercedes and Hamilton.

The BBC reports that the eight-time world champions have dropped their appeal against the FIA “after agreeing on a quid pro quo” with the FIA to fire Masi and his single-seater technical director Nikolas Tombazis.

Mercedes has denied the reports, claiming that the appeal was withdrawn after they received additional assurances from senior members that the governing body would take the appropriate action.

With only five laps remaining in the title-deciding race, Masi was heavily chastised for allowing only five cars to un-lap themselves, specifically the cars between leader Hamilton and second-placed Verstappen.

As the race restarted for a last-lap dash to the chequered flag, Hamilton was a sitting duck on old, hard tyres, with Verstappen sweeping past the seven-time world champion to take the victory.

Hamilton has since vanished from the public eye, with Toto Wolff, Hamilton’s boss, admitting that the events left them “disillusioned” and demanding that the FIA investigate the circumstances surrounding the controversy.

“Lewis and I are both disillusioned right now,” the team’s coach said.

We are not disillusioned with the sport; we adore it, and we adore it because the stopwatch never lies.

“However, if we violate that fundamental principle of sporting fairness and authenticity, the stopwatch ceases to be relevant because we are exposed to random decision-making, which it is clear you may lose interest in.”

“Then you begin to wonder if all of your hard work — all of your sweat, tears, and blood — can actually be demonstrated as the best possible performance on track because it can be taken away at any time.”

“It’ll be a long process.”

“Brinkwire News Summary.”

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