To return to Formula One in 2022, Lewis Hamilton will need’significant FIA action.’
After missing out on the 2021 title, LEWIS HAMILTON needs’significant’ action from the FIA.
According to a BBC report, Lewis Hamilton will only return to Formula One in 2022 if the FIA takes significant action after Max Verstappen controversially won the 2021 world championship. Verstappen won his first F1 title in Abu Dhabi in a dramatic winner-takes-all race to the finish line as he pursued Hamilton, who had led for much of the race.
Hamilton, who was battling for a record-breaking eighth championship, had only a few laps left and was on track to become the greatest F1 driver in history if he could hold off main title rival Verstappen, who needed a “miracle” to win.
With five laps to go, a safety car was deployed, and the championship swung back to the Dutchman after a contentious decision by FIA race director Michael Masi.
Only the five cars between leader Hamilton and second-placed Verstappen were allowed to un-lap themselves, leaving the Briton a sitting duck.
After a last-lap lunge on Hamilton, the Dutchman stormed to victory on far fresher tyres, crossing the line first to seal the deal at Yas Marina.
Mercedes were enraged, and Toto Wolff, the company’s CEO, went straight to his Mercedes office after the race to file two protests with the FIA, with all Mercedes employees refusing to speak to the media.
Verstappen and Red Bull endured a torturous wait until Mercedes decided not to pursue an investigation, and the 24-year-old was crowned champion.
Hamilton has since vanished from public view, with the FIA promising to investigate what happened in the final few laps of the race, which saw the seven-time world champion denied the title.
Mercedes dropped their appeal against the FIA ‘after agreeing on a quid pro quo’ with the FIA to fire Masi and head of single-seater technical matters Nikolas Tombazis, according to the BBC, something the eight-time world champions deny.
Instead, the team claims that the appeal was dropped after receiving additional assurances from senior members that the governing body would take appropriate action.
Hamilton, on the other hand, is said to have lost faith in the governing body and will wait for the results.
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