WATCH: Lewis Hamilton Silently Steps Out in the California Sun As F1 Retirement Rumors Pick Up Pace

Published 01/12/2022, 1:11 PM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton looks dejected after finishing second in the race and the world championship REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah


We haven’t have seen or heard much about Lewis Hamilton aside from the retirement rumors. There have been no words from the usually active star on social media, but rightfully so. Hamilton has been reportedly been spending his winter break with his family, but recently, the world saw a glimpse of the enigma.

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Hamilton stepped out in Beverly Hills, California. Unlike his usual glamourous outfits, Hamilton kept it on the down-low. Daily Mail spotted the star leaving a skincare store in the area. The champion blended in, keeping it casual, all while stepping into a white convertible.

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Hamilton’s silence has made many things loud and clear: he isn’t pleased with the FIA. And as reports have said, he’s waiting for something to change before he makes a decision. With the first test in Barcelona on February 23rd, the clock’s ticking.

Lewis Hamilton waits for the FIA

The word on the grapevine is that Hamilton has been upset and refuses to make a decision until Masi responds with something solid in return for what happened in the final. According to SkySport F1 pundit, Craig Slater shared what he has heard from senior executives at Mercedes.

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“With 69 days to go until the first Grand Prix in Bahrain, it is still unclear whether Lewis Hamilton will be on the grid.” Slater mentions Wolff’s commenters on Hamilton being “disillusioned” because of the turn of events; thus leaving him with little appetite to find his way back to the sport.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton looks dejected after finishing second in the race and the world championship Pool via REUTERS/Kamran Jebreili

Thus, the journalist believes it is now the FIA’s and Masi’s hand to play. The focus is on them “to deliver on the pledge they made before Christmas to investigate the happenings on that final lap and to come up with some findings.”

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According to Mercedes, they want to see a response to their complaints. ” The longer this drags on then the worse the Lewis Hamilton situation is.” Thus, as Hamilton sits on a crucial decision, we hope to hear from the FIA.

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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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