Toto Wolff Voices Why Lewis Hamilton ‘Simply Lacks Words’ Amid Agonizing Silence

Published 12/26/2021, 12:16 PM EST
Formula One F1- Saudi Arabian Grand Prix – Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – December 5, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton is seen as the session is temporarily stopped Pool via REUTERS/Andrej Isakovic


There have been far too many speculations around Lewis Hamilton since his controversial championship defeat at Yas Marina earlier in December.

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Neither the 7-time world champion nor his team, Mercedes, could believe what had just unfolded in front of their eyes. With just over a lap left in hand, a record eighth title victory looked certain for Hamilton. Then, the stewards decided to add some spice to the race, which led to Max Verstappen winning the championship instead.

Since the Abu Dhabi heartbreak, Hamilton has made no public comments, which has led to many believing that the Briton is planning on retiring from F1. Even Bernie Ecclestone, former F1 boss, fueled the speculation.

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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 celebrates finishing second in the race with the trophy Pool via REUTERS/Kamran Jebreili

The British businessman recently revealed that he had a phone conversation with Anthony Hamilton who had indirectly pointed out that his son would soon be announcing retirement from racing altogether. And boy did it trigger an insane buzz in the racing fraternity.

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It was Toto Wolff who initially ignited the conversation of Hamilton retiring from Formula 1. And here he is, suggesting otherwise. The Austrian has now opined that Hamilton is still in shock about the title being taken away in such an unorthodox manner.

We are all wavering in emotions and Lewis most of all,” he said according to Planet F1. “He won the World Championship until the last lap, and then everything is taken away from you from one second.

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Formula One F1- Saudi Arabian Grand Prix – Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – December 5, 2021 Mercedes’ Team Principal Toto Wolff is seen during the race Pool via REUTERS/Andrej Isakovic

Of course, you lose faith because you can’t understand what has just happened. The silence is there, of course, because he simply lacks words as well,” Wolff added.

The good news is that Wolff has affirmed being in constant touch with Hamilton. Hence, the recently knighted racing driver isn’t necessarily off the radar.

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So, it could only be a matter of time before Hamilton comes up with a statement solidifying his reason behind the social media absence. But, the major question continues to hover over F1 – Will 2021 turn out to be the final season for Hamilton? Well, we’ll know in time.

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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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