WATCH: Carlos Sainz & Co Convince Raging Lewis Hamilton From Leaving Yas Marina Post-Controversial Abu Dhabi GP

Published 04/21/2022, 5:00 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 20, 2022 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton before the race REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Heartbreaking, hurtful, and haunting, this is how the Abu Dhabi race ended for Lewis Hamilton. Toto Wolff’s radio messages, Michael Masi’s controversial decisions, and Max Verstappen’s heroic move still define the 2021 season finale. The picture of Hamilton, standing against a wall and shying away from the media, still haunts his many fans. While Verstappen had tears of joy, Lewis could not meet eyes with anyone.

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Carlos Sainz made Lewis Hamilton come back as he was leaving the circuit

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Hamilton‘s solemn body language and unwillingness to talk was evidence enough of how hurt he was. His responsibilities, however, do not end there, as drivers need to complete their PR duties as well. Whether they win or lose, drivers are expected to take part in post-race interviews and answer questions.

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In a recent video making the rounds, we could see Hamilton leaving the Abu Dhabi circuit after his loss. His friend and confidante Angela Cullen, who also happens to be his assistant, could be seen trying to talk to him. Following him as he speeds to leave the circuit, she tries to say something while Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz also follows. Seems like both of them succeeded, as Hamilton quickly turned around and went back in.

Hamilton and his previous title fight losses

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Duty comes first! And this is not the first time Hamilton has lost a world championship. Though this one was understandably painful, Lewis has endured previous championship losses to Nico Rosberg and Kimi Raikkonen. In 2016, Hamilton, in a bid to cost Rosberg the title, kept defending against him as Nico struggled to pass. Ironically, years later, Hamilton had to face a similar fate at the same track, in the same Grand Prix, and sadly, he lost both times.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates winning the race and the world championship with the Netherlands flag on the podium as Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton looks on after finishing second REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Despite all that, being a celebrated driver and a seven-time world champion, Lewis remains unmatched.

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Though many believe that his retirement is close, his fans would disagree and believe that his eighth title is closer.

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Khyati Yadav

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Khyati Yadav is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports. She is a Hospitality Graduate and a huge fan of Lando Norris. She believes that F1 as a sport deserves a lot more attention and is intrigued by the process that goes behind the making of a car and the hard work that goes into the setting up of any Grand Prix.

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