When Lewis Hamilton Deleted His Instagram Account in 2019 Following a Dramatic Outburst

Published 12/28/2021, 2:34 AM EST
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


Over the past few days, Lewis Hamilton has been receiving quite a lot of attention amidst his subtle yet noticeable absence from social media. Following the heartbreaking Abu Dhabi GP, the Briton went off-radar by hardly ever giving any updates through social media, something that is highly uncharacteristic for him.

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He then unfollowed F1’s official Instagram handle, which consequently fueled the speculations that he could well be retiring from the sport altogether.

Then arrived an even more shocking move from the 7-time world champion; Hamilton ended up unfollowing every single entity he had previously followed. And now, his list of followers stands at zero.

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Formula One F1 – Mexico City Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – November 7, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton before the race REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

This has left the fans wondering – what is causing these actions from Hamilton? Is he actually going to retire from F1? We’re not sure! And in that case, nobody is. But, here’s something interesting, this isn’t the first time Hamilton has done something strange on Instagram.

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Lewis Hamilton & his social media outburst in 2019

Two years ago, Hamilton had just started to recognize the harm humans had been causing to the environment. Eventually, with an active racing career on one side, Hamilton got a bit too serious about reviving the planet amidst the damages being caused on a daily basis.

Then arrived the shocking outburst! Hamilton blasted off at people who remained reluctant against caring about climate change. “Honestly, I feel like giving up on everything. 

Shut down completely. Why bother when the world is such a mess and people don’t seem to care? I’m going to take a moment away to gather my thoughts. Thank you to those of you who do give a damn about the world,” he wrote on social media.

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Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – October 23, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton waves after qualifying in second place REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Unfortunately for Hamilton, his angry rant on social media did not go down well with the fans, as he ended up facing an insane amount of backlash rather than support. Subsequently, Hamilton also deleted his Instagram account and stayed away from the toxicity for quite a long time.

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Overall, his recent actions on social media don’t seem as concerning either. And again, it merely looks like he has simply taken a break from social media for a while. Hence, a return to Instagram is on cards for the 7-time world champion, possibly by around the start of 2022.

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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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