FIA president revives Hamilton retirement rumours with cryptic statement on driver’s future

FIA president Mohammed ben Sulayem has revived the Lewis Hamilton retirement rumours after saying that he spoke with the driver.

Hamilton’s defeat at the Abu Dhabi GP came under very controversial circumstances. Having been the victim of some questionable decisions from those in charge, his heartbreak was visible for one and all.

Even his most ardent of detractors took his side in the aftermath of Yas Marina. It has been three weeks since the race, but the Mercedes driver hasn’t addressed fans on social media or made a public appearance at all.

The FIA president has now revived the Hamilton retirement rumours after saying that he spoke with the driver, and revealed his takeaways from it.

“I sent him messages, yes,” he told Marca.

“I think he is not 100 per cent ready yet and I understand his position, but there are also rules that must be accepted by all drivers.

Lewis Hamilton was pipped to the line by Max Verstappen
Hamilton (left) hasn’t been seen since this day. Source: Getty Images

“For me there is no particular team or driver, out of respect for the integrity of the FIA. But I cannot judge until I have all the data and the first thing on my agenda is to thoroughly analyse what happened in Abu Dhabi.

“In the end we are all human and the stress and pressure were there, so I think it will all work out. You have to look more to the future than to the past.”

Yay or nay?

When asked if he believes Hamilton will retire, the FIA president said, “No, I don’t think so, they are rumours.

“Has he declared that he is not going to drive next year? Exactly, no. When you are a driver you speak for yourself and not what others say about you.

“I trust that this is not the case, Lewis is an important part of the sport and of F1, his achievements, (and Max) Verstappen is there….I am sure we will have a very exciting F1 season next season.”

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