“The Longer This Drags On…” – Mercedes F1 Disclose Why Lewis Hamilton Chooses To Stay in the Dark

Published 01/12/2022, 2:29 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


There is a lot of debate whether or not Lewis Hamilton will return to the Formula One grid in 2022. Following the events of the controversial race at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Hamilton’s future on the grid remains to be unclear.

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Even though, the 7-time world champion has extended his contract with the Silver Arrows for another year. The Formula One community is concerned about whether they will see Hamilton again, fighting for the championship in 2022.

Toto Wolff pitches in about Lewis Hamilton’s future in Formula One

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The team principal of Mercedes is certainly disappointed that his driver didn’t win the title in Abu Dhabi. After a controversial decision given by the FIA during the closing stages of the race, Wolff states it’s about Hamilton’s appetite to compete in F1.

Craig Slater, a reporter for Sky Sports said, “With 69 days to go until the first Grand Prix in Bahrain, it is still unclear whether Lewis Hamilton will be on the grid. It is understood that Mercedes want to see something tangible. It’s been put to me like this: the longer this drags on then the worse the Lewis Hamilton situation is, and that is from a senior source.”

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 11, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

As quoted from Sky Sports, Wolff said, “In terms of Hamilton coming back to Formula 1, having the appetite to do so and getting over the ‘disillusionment.”

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What happened in the title-deciding race in Abu Dhabi?

For the season’s final race, Hamilton was starting in second place, while his arch-rival started from first place on the grid. However, as soon as the lights went out, the Mercedes driver stole the lead from Max. Meanwhile, Verstappen’s teammate, Sergio Pereiz keen about not letting the Mercedes driver overtake him so Verstappen could catch up.

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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 and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after the start of the race REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

After overtaking the Mexican driver, it appeared that Hamilton was seconds away from lifting his eighth world title. However, Nicholas Latifi crashed which resulted in a safety car being brought out. Both Hamilton and Verstappen were wheel to wheel after the FIA made a contentious judgment. And the Dutch driver took the lead from the Brit in a couple of seconds.

The Red Bull driver put up an immense defense against Hamilton and led the remainder of the race all the way to the finish line. After such an exciting season finale, the Formula One world is excited for what the 2022 season has in store.

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What are your forecasts for the upcoming year? Please share your thoughts in the comments box below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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