Lewis Hamilton Set to Take His F1 Retirement Decision After Abu Dhabi FIA Inquiry

Published 01/12/2022, 3:09 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


For a while now, Lewis Hamilton has been a part of Formula One’s rumor mill, with multiple sources claiming the seven-time world champion to retire from the sport altogether citing recent events in Abu Dhabi.

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The Briton was eyeing his record eighth championship victory at the Abu Dhabi GP and it looked like even a miracle wouldn’t change things around for his rival, Max Verstappen. However, then arrived the major twist!

Race director, Michael Masi, made one of the most controversial decisions in the history of F1 which had a massive effect on the end result, as Verstappen indeed went on to claim his first-ever championship win.

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Formula One F1- Saudi Arabian Grand Prix – Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – December 4, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after qualifying in pole position Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace

The Mercedes driver was in utter shock, as he then steadily descended into the darkness; He has since been awfully quiet, hardly ever making his presence felt through social media. And this consequently led to a load of theories, with many reckoning Hamilton to give up on his racing career as he had lost hope on the governing body itself.

Hence, amidst the ever-growing theories swirling around Hamilton, here’s another one!

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Will Lewis Hamilton retire from F1?

According to BBC, Hamilton’s F1 future hinges on one condition. Turns out, Mercedes and Hamilton together had recently led the FIA to launch an inquiry into the 2021 Abu Dhabi GP. And with the FIA still busy looking into the events that unfolded at Yas Marnia, Hamilton will only make a decision once they reveal their final verdict.

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What’s more, BBC further reckoned that Mercedes declined to comment on Hamilton’s future when approached which blatantly shows that Mercedes, like almost every one of us, are awaiting their lead driver’s choice.

Formula One F1 – Brazilian Grand Prix – Jose Carlos Pace Circuit, Sao Paulo, Brazil – November 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas in action during qualifying REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli

Overall, the FIA now have a rather complicated task at hand. Their final verdict could go two ways; One, let Verstappen retain the title which might see Hamilton leaving Formula One for good.

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Two, hand the title to Hamilton, which will assuredly witness a massive uproar amongst the entire racing fraternity. Who knows, maybe Red Bull or even Verstappen might subsequently threaten to quit F1. So, which way is the reality going to turn out?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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