Hamilton had dropped out of public sight after he was denied a report eighth championship within the December finale in Abu Dhabi
Lewis Hamilton returned to social media Saturday following a prolonged silence that dates to final season’s controversial Formula 1 finale.
Hamilton had dropped out of public sight after he was denied a report eighth championship within the December finale in Abu Dhabi. He re-emerged Saturday with a put up that confirmed the seven-time champion smiling from what seems to the Grand Canyon.
“I’ve been gone. Now I’m back!” wrote Hamilton.
Hamilton did a quick post-race interview following his Dec. 12 loss to Max Verstappen in Abu Dhabi. He skipped the necessary information convention, skipped the gala in Paris, and his final public look was three days after the Abu Dhabi race when Hamilton acquired his knighthood at Windsor Castle.
Hamilton declined to talk to the media at Windsor Castle and his final social media put up had been the evening earlier than the season finale.
Speculation has swirled that Hamilton, who turned 37 final month, will retire from F1 over his disgust on how the championship was determined. Hamilton and his Mercedes boss, Toto Wolff, each skipped the necessary season-ending awards ceremony held 4 days after the finale.
Hamilton’s failure to attend the gala is below investigation by the FIA, which elected new president Mohammed Ben Sulayem the morning after the gala. Sulayem has additionally promised a mid-February report on the outcomes of the FIA’s in depth assessment of the Abu Dhabi finale.
Hamilton was inside minutes of breaking Michael Schumacher’s report with an eighth title till a late warning modified your complete closing sequence. Verstappen beat Hamilton in a one-lap shootout that the governing physique remains to be reviewing.
Hamilton had an almost 12-second lead with Verstappen in second when the crash introduced out the yellow flag with 5 laps remaining. Verstappen pitted for recent tires whereas Hamilton stayed on observe. The race director initially stated lapped drivers couldn’t go the protection automobile, then reversed the decision in a call that returned Verstappen to second when the race resumed with a lap remaining.
Verstappen then handed Hamilton to win his first world championship.