The highly controversial race at the season finale of Formula 1 in Abu Dhabi continues to have a massive impact – and could actually have serious effects on the future of superstar Lewis Hamilton, who was dethroned by Max Verstappen.
The Mercedes team leaves the future of the record champion open – and refers to ongoing FIA investigations.
A spokesman for the Silver Arrows confirmed reports to “RTL” that the question of whether Hamilton would continue or not depends largely on the FIA investigations into what happened at the season finale.
A spokesman said they were waiting for the findings and the results of these investigations. The FIA have now announced their time frame. “Let’s see what it brings,” says the silver side. So: No explicit denial of a possible Hamilton resignation.
The FIA intends to present the results of its “detailed analysis” to the F1 Commission – and thus also to the teams – in February, as the world association announced.
Formula 1: Final decisions by the FIA only shortly before the start of the season
Final decisions will be announced on March 18th, two days before the start of the season in Bahrain. The investigation focuses on the use of the safety car in the final phase of the Abu Dhabi GP and the application of the rules by race director Michael Masi.
At the Showdwon in the desert, Verstappen only came close to Hamilton through a late safety car phase. Race director Masi then interpreted the rules for using the security vehicle in a highly unusual manner, leaving the Dutchman with exactly one lap to attack Hamilton.
The Red Bull driver passed and was crowned world champion. The investigations will no longer change this result.
Lewis Hamilton is silent – Mercedes boss meets with FIA boss
Hamilton has been silent about his future since this bitter defeat, but this Friday there will be a summit between Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff and the new FIA boss Mohammed Ben Sulayem. As the “Dail Mail” reports, Hamilton’s Formula 1 future could be decisively involved.
Because: Hamilton is apparently really flirting with the option of resigning if he and Mercedes do not like the results of the FIA investigation. For Sulayem and Formula 1 as a whole, a withdrawal of the figurehead would be a severe blow.
According to the Daily Mail report, the Mercedes bosses are calling for Masi to be dismissed. There is a lot of speculation about whether and, if so, what conditions Hamilton is subject to continuing.
He only extended his contract with the factory team by another two years until the end of 2023 last summer.