The Lewis Hamilton retirement rumours have resurfaced after a shocking new development in the saga.
The aftermath of what happened at Yas Marina has seen the seven-time world champion bask in his silence and Mercedes unsure if he will return to the sport. It is something that is very much left to be resolved.
However, he made an appearance in Mercedes’ video for their Chinese fans, seemingly putting an end to the speculation. On Mercedes’ video posted on Chinese social media platform Weibo, Hamilton can be seen dressed in the team’s 2022 racing kit. He then proceeded to wish those watching a very merry Chinese New Year.
However, the Hamilton retirement rumours have resurfaced after a shocking new development in the saga, with the video he was part of revealed to be a pre-recorded one.
The video made fans think that he would return in 2022 and fight for his eighth world title. However, RacingNews365 have since confirmed that it was a pre-recorded video, and that it was recorded before the final race of the 2021 season.
This turns the entire situation on its head. Mercedes will no doubt be concerned regarding their driver situation for 2022. Should Hamilton decide not to show up, they will have to arrange a replacement, and that is easier said than done.
Seeing Hamilton wearing the 2022 kit in the video was a huge deal. It was interpreted as a sign that he will be returning to the grid next season after being hard done by those in the FIA.
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.