Lewis Hamilton Breaks Social Media Departure To Support Nicholas Latifi

Published 12/22/2021, 1:35 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


Lewis Hamilton has been extremely quiet on social media ever since the fateful day his eighth title was taken away from him. And while he remained off the grid, others made their opinion known. This included Nicholas Latifi, who spoke out about the redundant hate he received online for his DNF. As members of the F1 community showed their support to the Williams driver, Hamilton emerged from the shadows as well.

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Making his presence known, Hamilton left a supportive like on Latifi’s post urging fans to be better on social media sites. Having been a battle he’s fought multiple times in his career, Hamilton may have commiserated with the Canadian.

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Another point of empathy may have been Latifi’s opening lines: “I’ve purposely been staying away from social media to kind of let things settle down from the events of the last race.”

A man of positivity, surely the message resonated with Hamilton as well. However, we are yet to hear from the titan. Yet, the silence is understandable. Maybe it’s in protest, maybe it’s heartbreak; or both. Hamilton’s time off should allow the sport to understand and rectify its mistakes- the ones that potentially impeded history.

Lewis Hamilton backs Latifi’s message

Nicholas Latifi‘s situation has brought out a rather dark side of the sport. Sure, the driver’s DNF ultimately decided the championship, but he isn’t the enemy. In fact, there should be no enemy.

Latifi highlights in great depth how disturbing the sport can get at times. From superfluous hate to death threats- it has certainly been a low point in F1. Further, Latifi had apologized for the situation as well. As he mentioned in his recent message, the only people he owed an apology to was his team; yet, he apologized for the situation, and yet, the flames of hatred raged.

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It is rather sad that the driver initially held himself responsible for the outcome as well. Latifi had said, “It was never my intention and I can only apologize for influencing and creating an opportunity. I made a mistake.”

Probably one of those moments he refers to as: “as soon as the checkered flag dropped, I knew how things would likely to play out on social media.” In a time when drivers like Lando Norris, Sebastian Vettel, and even Lewis Hamilton fight relentlessly to spread kindness and betterment of mental health, it’s the fans of the same sport that go against it.

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Latifi had nothing to apologize for, and even more so, nothing to be blamed for. If anything, the F1 fanbase should remember his concluding words. “Sport by its very nature is competitive- but it should bring people together, not drive them apart.”

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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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