Lewis Hamilton has remained silent since the controversial season finale of the Formula 1 World Championship in Abu Dhabi last year. During that race, the world title went to Max Verstappen after race director Michael Masi decided to double the doubles between Hamilton and Verstappen during the safety car procedure at the end of the race.
Hamilton was a bird to the cat for Max Verstappen who was on fresh rubber and Verstappen won the race and the championship. Not long after the race, Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff announced that he was not sure whether we would be able to greet Hamilton on the starting grid in 2022.
Sources close to Hamilton claim the seven-time world champion has lost faith in the FIA and he now wants to wait for the outcome of the investigation before making a decision on his future.
According to Andrew Benson of ‘BBC’, Mercedes has agreed to leave their profession on condition that Nikolas Tombazis, the FIA’s head of single-seater technical affairs, and Michael Masi, Formula 1 race director, would step down from their posts. be placed.
Mercedes is said to have had a problem with Tombazis since he changed the aerodynamic regulations at the end of 2020 to the disadvantage of the Brackley formation. At Mercedes itself they would not say that such an agreement has been reached with the FIA, they just want to say that they will drop their appeal on condition that the events are investigated and that appropriate measures are taken.
Toto Wolff has already announced that Mercedes will let the FIA take their responsibility.
In general, experts expect the FIA not to evict Michael Masi for the simple reason that it is difficult to find a replacement for him. But aside from whether the FIA will now remove Masi from his post, it is also important to keep in mind that Hamilton also has a contract with Mercedes until the end of 2023.
Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali is expected to take a hard look at whether we will see Hamilton again in Formula 1 as he is undeniably a superstar in the sport and beyond. If a champion quits Formula 1 because his time is up, that is accepted, but when a star like Hamilton gives up because he does not agree with the race management, Formula 1 looks a bit too bad.
That is why the pressure is now on the FIA bosses and the new chairman Mohammed Ben Sulayem, who is immediately thrown into the deep end. It is undoubtedly a fact that the longer the silence lasts on both sides, the greater the uncertainty. Undoubtedly to be continued…
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