Lewis Hamilton is “having a social media break”, according to his brother Nicolas Hamilton.

Lewis missed out on an eighth world title in heartbreaking and controversial fashion. He was on course to creating history, but a late twist saw the rules getting bent and the Mercedes driver hard doe and lose his first position.

Even though he lost, the seven-time world champion was magnanimous in defeat at Abu Dhabi. The season concluded and the world hasn’t heard from him since then.

His silence on social media has been deafening, with many speculating that he might retire from the sport altogether. However, Nicolas confirmed that wasn’t the case.

According to his brother, Hamilton is “having a social media break” to rid himself of the toxicity over there.

“I think he is just having a bit of a social media break, which I don’t blame him for,” he told fans on streaming platform Twitch, as quoted by talkSPORT.

Hamilton handled defeat in exemplary fashion but there’s been no trace of him on his social media since
Hamilton (left) was gracious in defeat. Source: Getty Images

“Social media can be a very toxic place. But he’s cool though. He’s fine.”

Unacceptable

The fallout from the race saw plenty of rumours surface. However, none have gained a lot of traction.

What’s not in doubt is how dejected and disillusioned Hamilton and Mercedes have been. Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff spoke on the harsh defeat, and revealed how hurt his team was.

“He won the World Championship until the last lap, and then everything is taken away from you from one second,” he said.

“Of course you lose faith because you can’t understand what has just happened. I am in a daily dialogue with him. But there is not a lot to talk at the moment. Each of us copes in their own way with the feelings we have at the moment.

“I just need to do the utmost I can to help him to overcome the feelings that he has in order for him to return strong with a love of the sport and trust in the decision-making of the sport next year.”

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