Former world champion Jenson Button backed Lewis Hamilton to return to F1, saying he has every reason to come back with a vengeance.
It has now been six weeks since Hamilton’s heartbreaking defeat at Abu Dhabi. He lost what would have been a surefire record-breaking eighth world championship on the last lap of the race thanks to an illegal approach to the rules by the FIA.
The incident meant Hamilton lost the race to Max Verstappen on the last lap, with the world championship being taken away from him because of it. With him maintaining strict silence on the issue, no one knows if he is retiring to making a comeback.
However, his former teammate Button backed Hamilton to return to F1, saying he will be having some unfinished business with the sport.
“I really do hope he’ll be racing,” he told Good Morning Britain, as quoted by Pitpass.
“I think he will be racing and he wants to win that eighth title to be the most decorated Formula 1 driver in F1 history. And he will do that. I really do think so.”
“It was a controversial end to the season,” the former McLaren driver admitted.
“But I think you’ve got to look at the season as a whole. F1 is in an amazing place, two fantastic drivers going at it every weekend.
“And I think everyone’s excited about the new season. New regulations, and it’s all about the development of these cars through the year.”
Hamilton has remained silent since the Abu Dhabi GP, and has not appeared in public on or social media. The only time he appeared in front of the cameras was to receive his knighthood.