“Already Texted Hamilton” – F1 Insider Reveals FIA President Ben Sulayem’s Involvement in Abu Dhabi Investigation

Published 01/13/2022, 3:10 PM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton before the race REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton revealed that his career relies on the decision made by the FIA; thus putting pressure on the commission to find a solution to the problem created in Abu Dhabi. As of Monday, the FIA has launched an investigation into the events of the final lap. Now headed by Ben Sulayem, the newly elected president will play an important role.

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According to Sky Sport’s Craig Slater“Ben Sulayem believes that something urgently needs to be done about this. He’s personally very involved.” 

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the race REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

With Sulayem taking matters into his own hands, the FIA understands the seriousness of the situation. “He has already texted Hamilton already. He wants to put this matter behind him as quickly as possible.” 

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The president had recently tried contacting Hamilton as well. “I sent him a message. I don’t think he’s 100% ready to respond, and I can understand him for that,” Sulayem said in a statement last week.” As the wheels start turning, hopefully, a decision will be made soon.

The impact of the decision on Lewis Hamilton

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Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes are awaiting the decision made by the FIA; the one they fought for ardently moments after the race. Slater had also stressed on the importance of the outcome of the entire event. “Mercedes and Hamilton are waiting to see what the FIA ​​will do, and if an important enough decision is made then they will continue.”

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton looks dejected after finishing second in the race and the world championship Pool via REUTERS/Kamran Jebreili

Thus, if the FIA makes a wrong move, we risk witnessing Hamilton walking away from the sport. “If the final decision is not what they expected or hoped for, you should not rule out that Lewis will retire.”

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Although Mercedes have also mentioned that simply replacing the race director isn’t enough; they want to see something tangible. As the FIA promised a decision in the early weeks of February, the clock ticks on Hamilton’s Formula 1 career.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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