Lewis Hamilton ends silence with first update since F1’s controversial decision in Abu Dhabi GP

“I’ve been gone. Now I’m back !,” Lewis Hamilton wrote on social media Saturday; Hamilton had been publicly silent since the December 12 Abu Dhabi GP; Crucial period imminent for the Mercedes driver as the FIA ​​continues its investigation into the 2021 title decision

Last updated: 05/02/22 19:40

    Hamilton's return on social media comes amid a crucial period for F1

Hamilton’s return on social media comes amid a crucial period for F1

Lewis Hamilton has broken his nearly two-month-long silence by declaring he is “back” in a first post on social media since Formula 1’s controversial Abu Dhabi GP title decision.

Hamilton lost the final race of the 2021 season and subsequently the title in an extraordinarily dramatic way, with the late Safety Car and now infamous conclusion saw Red Bulls Max Verstappen win.

The Mercedes driver, who was denied a record-breaking eighth championship, gave a brief interview in parc ferme after the race on December 12, but in addition he had been conspicuous by his silence – until Saturday night.

In his first update on social media in 56 days, Hamilton wrote on Twitter and Instagram: “I’ve been gone. Now I’m back!”

The short but sweet post accompanied a picture of Hamilton smiling, apparently at the Grand Canyon.

Hamilton’s only public appearance since the Abu Dhabi GP came a few days after the crushing defeat when he received his chivalry in Windsor.

Sky Sports F1's experts are discussing whether Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes will drive under Michael Masi's guard in the 2022 season.

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Sky Sports F1’s experts are discussing whether Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes will drive under Michael Masi’s guard in the 2022 season.

Sky Sports F1’s experts are discussing whether Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes will drive under Michael Masi’s guard in the 2022 season.

What about Hamilton as the F1 query rumbles on

Hamilton’s return on social media comes amid a crucial period for F1 and the future of the seven-time champion.

While Mercedes opted out of pursuing their Abu Dhabi appeal in December, there has been an FIA investigation into how the last race was handled, and Sky Sports understands that is the key to Hamilton’s future.

Hamilton has two years left on his Mercedes contract and had previously expressed his enthusiasm for the sport’s new rules and cars for 2022, though he keeps a close eye on what the FIA ​​concludes.

Max Verstappen passes Lewis Hamilton on final lap in Abu Dhabi to win 2021 F1 Championship!

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Max Verstappen passes Lewis Hamilton on final lap in Abu Dhabi to win 2021 F1 Championship!

Max Verstappen passes Lewis Hamilton on final lap in Abu Dhabi to win 2021 F1 Championship!

The sport’s governing body will discuss the results at the next F1 commission meeting on 14 February and say they will talk to all network drivers in advance.

Mercedes then launches their new car four days later, saying their drivers will be involved.

The FIA’s request will meanwhile be announced on March 18, two days before the season-opening Bahrain GP.

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