‘Bored’ Lewis Hamilton Not Shocked by F1 Title Loss to Max Verstappen: David Coulthard

Published 01/25/2022, 11:23 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 11, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after qualifying in second position Pool via REUTERS/Kamran Jebreili

Lewis Hamilton has been inactive on social media and out of the public eye since the season finale in Abu Dhabi. The seven-time world champion lost the championship in a controversial manner after a dubious safety car decision left him vulnerable against Max Verstappen. There were many reports suggesting that the Mercedes driver will retire from the sport after the 2021 season.

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But former Red Bull driver David Coulthard believes Hamilton will be back on the grid come Bahrain. He mentioned Lewis might be getting tired of hearing that he was robbed in the season finale.

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 I even think he avoids such conversations: David Coulthard

The former McLaren driver stated Hamilton has a contract until the end of the 2023 season with Mercedes. David revealed that Lewis’ intention of continuing in this sport was clear when he signed the new contract.

“I think Lewis will get bored if people keep saying – you’ve been robbed Lewis, you’re the real champion, Lewis. I even think he avoids such conversations,” said Coulthard.

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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

“The decisive moment for me was when Hamilton decided in the summer of 2021 to two more years of Formula 1 sport, with a new contract for 2022/2023. Abu Dhabi will not change this decision. Certainly, he would have preferred to successfully defend his title.

It was obviously a very emotional affair on the Yas Marina Circuit. That would have been it for the pilot. But I think the defeat was a bigger shock for team boss Toto Wolff than for Hamilton,” said the former Red Bull driver.

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It is highly unlikely that Lewis Hamilton will retire from the sport this season. He would be looking to bounce back stronger next season and win his record eighth world championship in 2022. Hopefully, the disappointment of Abu Dhabi will only make him more determined to win back his championship next season.

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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