After the 2021 last race Mercedes driver, Lewis Hamilton, has not said a word about the polemical situation during the Abu Dhabi GP. Later Mercedes Team Principal, Toto Wolff, said he doesn't know if Hamilton would like to keep racing in F1, this comment created a lot of media rumors. Earlier this month FIA President, Mohammed bin Sulayem, talked about this situation saying Hamilton hasn't said anything about not racing in F1 for the 2022 season.
McLaren CEO, Zak Brown, was asked about what he thinks responding he expects Hamilton to come back but we shouldn't take that for granted:
“He’s a racing driver, he’s at the top of his game.”
“Sure, he’s very angry but racecar drivers want to race. I think he’s a fighter and he’ll want to come back and win an eighth championship. I don’t think he’s ready to retire.”
“I don’t think he’s ready to hang it up. And I don’t think he’s going to let an incident put him into retirement.”
With 7 World Drivers' Championships, Lewis Hamilton is close to achieving one of the most ambitious records of all time in F1.
“I would be shocked if he stopped so I don’t think anyone should take for granted he’s coming back, which my personal opinion is he’s going to.”
“But I don’t think we should discount or not recognise his frustration, his anger.”
“Maybe he hasn’t made a decision and maybe what he’s doing is taking time to make that decision to make sure, because once that decision is made, that decision is made.”
“So I don’t think we should rule it out, or make light of it. I just personally think he still has a burning desire to race and that will ultimately drive his decision. But that’s just one man’s opinion.”
“Lewis is one of the most intelligent racing drivers and he seems to be very focused when he’s in a racecar and the helmet’s on.”
“I’m not seeing him really drive emotionally. Look at the Saudi race, what an unbelievable drive and he kept his cool. And in Brazil he kept his cool.”
“There’s a reason why he’s won seven world championships. As upset as I’m sure he probably is about it, I don’t see that altering his driving when he puts the helmet on.”
During the past week, FIA released an update about the Abu Dhabi GP investigation to ensure that situation doesn't happen again.
Zak Brown added:
“I do think the FIA need to come out with a, ‘here’s what happened, here’s why we think it happened, here’s what was right, here’s what was wrong’, whatever they’re going to come out with in the report, and then show that they’ve taken action to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
“I don’t think this was a malicious decision. So for those that might have a view that the sport’s corrupt etc, I don’t agree with that.”
“Do I think potentially a different decision could have been made? Yes, probably. I want to wait to see what the FIA comes out with, but I don’t think it was malicious, and therefore I don’t think it’s corrupt.”
“We’ve all seen in sport before referees make decisions that people disagree with. Sometimes they’re right, sometimes they’re wrong.”
“It gets pretty excited and then the season starts and it soon becomes a thing that you never forget about, but it’s a thing of the past.”