According to Sky Sports journalist Craig Slater, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton’s F1 future is “still unclear”.
Hamilton hasn’t been seen since his highly controversial defeat at the title-deciding Abu Dhabi GP last season. The way a surefire eighth world championship was seized from him in the dying moments of the race prompted him to stay out of the public eye, save for an appearance for receiving his knighthood.
With Mercedes and team principal Toto Wolff not providing any details regarding the seven-time world champion, the rumours have started to swirl. However, given the fact that his contract with Mercedes runs till 2023, there is no concrete statement yet.
As a result, Hamilton’s F1 future is “still unclear”, with Sky Sports’ Craig Slater stating that his sources have told him so.
“As we speak right now, I can tell you it is still unclear,” he said on Sky Sports News, as quoted by Planet F1.
“69 days to go to the first Grand Prix in Bahrain, I have heard from senior sources close to Lewis that whether or not he will be on the grid for the first race of the season is still unclear at this point.”
“I’ve spoken to various individuals since who have had some contact with him,” he added.
“By and large they told me that they expected Lewis to be back to try and win an eighth world title in 2022.
“What they explained to me though was that even if he seemed to take it well on the night, it hit him very hard in subsequent days, what went on.
“It’s been put to me like this – the longer this drags on, the longer we don’t get a result to that investigation and some findings from the FIA in terms of how F1 is going to conduct itself going forward, then the worse the Lewis Hamilton situation is.
“And that’s from a senior source close to that situation,” he concluded.