Could Hamilton Leave F1 Over Abu Dhabi Controversy? – WTF1
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Could Hamilton Leave F1 Over Abu Dhabi Controversy?

It’s been an emotional couple of days for Lewis Hamilton. After looking set for a record-breaking eighth world championship, a controversial last lap of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix saw it slip from his grasp. Now his boss, Toto Wolff, has been discussing whether we could see Hamilton walk away from the championship earlier than expected as a result.

“It’s going to take a long time for us to digest what has happened on Sunday,” Wolff said. “I don’t think we will ever come over it. That’s not possible.

“And certainly not [Hamilton] as a driver. I would very much hope the two of us and the rest of the team, we can work through the events. But he will never overcome the pain and the distress that was caused on Sunday.”

The series of events that led to Hamilton losing the championship has left many criticising the FIA and F1 for letting such a thing be allowed to happen. It’s received worldwide coverage; some good, some bad.

However, when asked if Hamilton would be back to race next year, despite being under contract with the team until 2023, Wolff suggested it wasn’t a certainty.

“I would very much hope Lewis continues racing because he is the greatest driver of all time,” he replied.

“As a racer, his heart will say I need to continue because he’s at the peak of his game. But we have to overcome the pain that was caused upon him on Sunday.

“He is a man with clear values.”

Both Wolff and Hamilton will be absent from the FIA’s Prize Giving Ceremony this evening. However, Hamilton has been seen since the devastating race weekend when he officially became a Sir on Wednesday 👏

Do you think Lewis will stay in F1 next year? Let us know in the comments below.

74 thoughts on “Could Hamilton Leave F1 Over Abu Dhabi Controversy?

  • Hamilton has too much class to just up and quit. Give him a couple weeks to get over it and he will be back dominating everyone again.

        • Lol aye better XD
          I actually do agree with you, he is one of the best drivers of all time, albeit he’s definitely had the best car, but it takes alot of talent and skill too, which he still has in abundance no doubt.

          • Mariusaf Voges says:

            It’s easy to be dominant if you have the best car year in and year out. Does that make you the best? It’s open for debate.

          • I know what your saying but there’s no denying the man’s talent!
            Bottas is a great driver too but couldn’t win a title in the same car.
            Will be interesting to see George Russell in the same car as him.

      • He dominated the last 4races let’s be honest. He never performs first half of the season especially with a car where recent regs targeted clipping Mercedes performance such as prty mode and rear floorboard area. He and his engineers unlocked the set up in Brazil and became competitive again.

        • Aye he did tbh, well up until the last lap at the last race XD
          But my point was, he was still second on every stat apart from 1 extra fastest lap.
          What I will say though is that, I really hope next season is just as exiting, I loved all the drama, on and off track.
          I’m really looking forward to it!

      • Seriously? In Abu Dhabi, he was on hard tires gaining time over Verstappen using softs. Both clear of interference from other cars. That’s skill and discipline to keep moving ahead of MV/Red Bull.

  • In the interview post race, he was dodging saying about “gonna be back to win it next year”, so I really think it might be a possibility. Besides, he’s getting older too, and so often we see him looking physically exhausted after races, and hear his heavy breathing over the radio very often.

    • LEWIS HAS NOTHING TO PROVE ! BEING A SORE LOSER IN THE MANNER HOW YOU LOST, MATTERS ! WHY BOTHER TO GO THRU ALL THIS AGAIN JUST SO MASSI CAN CHANGE THE RULES ON THE LAST LAP ! TO SUIT HIS AGENDA & AMUSE ALL LEWIS HATERS ! LIKE RUNNING UP A MOUNTAIN WITH VERSTAPPEN & HORNER ON YOUR BACK, & THEN JUST AS YOU REACH THE TOP , MASSI JUMPS ON ! HOW AM I WRONG !

  • Seems like this is a story to just keep the drama going. Wouldn’t be sad to see him go and honestly it would open the door to younger talent.

  • Winston Longtrotter says:

    How about this for a Netflix plot, Hamilton retires, Mercedes bid to good to pass up money to Max Verstappen and Russell doesn’t win a race in his career, ends up racing for Sauber.

  • When the last lap started I was so appalled and distressed that I literally started shaking. Even after four days I haven’t been able to see highlights of that lap. And I don’t think I will ever be. Can’t even imagine what Lewis must have gone through.
    However, I am more than sure that he will be back in 2022 with full force, better than ever, to lift that 8th.

    • If this is true you should probably seek counselling for your truly unreasonable response. It will be beneficial for you

    • I was pacing up and down in front of the TV. When it ended I couldn’t speak for some minutes. There were no words to describe the pervertion I’d just witnesed.

      • Trust MASSI & Horner were not confused, neither me! I PREDICTED THIS 10 LAPS OUT ! A CRASH, SAFETY, CAR, CLOSED GAP, THEN HELL ! YES PHUCKING 10 LAPS OUT !!!( a quick call, somebody crash please, we need the safety Car. ). THEN IT HAPPENED ! IT HAPPENED,. IT REALLY REALLY REALLY HAPPENED ! ( if only I could predict the lottery. )

    • Same here. I was on my feet in a bar, and was bewildered and fuming. Not watched that lap highlights either. Of course, people who benefit from this sort of elite corrupt club culture will suggest therapy, instead of questioning how it happened… if a rookie LH had pulled off the same US media-friendly rubbish, they’d be baying for his head. True sickos.

  • I think Hamilton should not return to F1 UNTIL this abomination is dealt with thoroughly and the World Championship award to Verstappen is NEGATED. It makes no sense to race to regain a championship that you never lost. Hamilton is the 2021 World Champion. Period. F1 is poorer without him. Right now F1 needs Hamilton more than Hamilton needs F1. He shouldn’t waste his time in a dirty fight.

      • YEP ! YOU CAN TASTE THE FLAVOUR ALREADY & NOW WANT TO ON ! SO QUICKLY ! MMM. NOT ENJOYING YOUR VICTORY SO MUCH ! WHY

    • THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT I SAID ! IF HE RETIRES WITH HIS HEAD HELD HIGH THE WHOLE WORLD WOULD KNOW WHY ! APART FROM RB ! & HOW TAINTED & TARNISHED IS THAT ! WE WANTED A FAIR FIGHT & WE GOT A FARCE ! SO WHY SHOULD LEWIS BOTHER ! 10 LAPS INFRONT ! CLEAR THE CARS CATCH UP CHUMP ! NOW LET’S RACE !!! ERRRR NO! I DON’T THINK SO, ALL THAT BOLLOX WE WON IT ON THE TRACK, KEEP KIDDING YOUR SELF ! ONE DAY YOU WILL WAKE UP !

    • Now it appears more & more neutrals are seeing the TRUE PICTURE, HORNER & Co. Put that in your pipe, then stick it where it belongs ! YOU KNOW WHERE ! Schhhh !

  • orbeenga apine says:

    Losing is always hard to take in…but I’m sure he’ll try and have a go at it again to see if he can get that 8th title.
    But this loss will daze Mercedes I’m not sure they can recover so it’ll be hard for Hamilton to come equipped with a superior car…battling with raw skill I see him struggling at the midfiled.

  • Richard Jackson says:

    Can we please swing this to why Masi needs to walk.

    The concept of deals being done rather than referring to the race stewards needs to be removed. That second to last race was a total shit show the likes of which we’ve never seen before.

    Has to go. And whilst we’re at it, the concept of winning a corner and being able to stay ahead whilst cutting a corner off the track needs to be clarified and consistently applied.

    • The first moment Verstappen run LEWIS way off the track &. nothing was done, was a huge clue ! you ain’t gonna WIN nothing Pal, WE WONT ALLOW IT ! WE JUST WONT ALLOW IT ! ( to good for your own good ! ). SCHUEYS RECORD CANNOT BE BROKEN BY YOUR KIND, PLAIN & SIMPLE !!! wanna tell me different. FIA !

  • I would think not. It would leave him with a reputation of having severe sour grapes. He’s had so many decisions go his way and remarkable strokes of luck happen that once the dust settles, he’s enough of a sportsman to see the bigger picture. I can never really grasp the extent of the disappointment right now, but it’ll subside.

    • In your eyes only ! & Your kind, you know the RB kind ! THE ONLY SOUR THING HERE IS THE FACT ITS A SOUR WIN ! &. ALWAYS WILL BE NO MATTER WHAT I SAY, OR OTHERS, ITS TAINTED & SOUR A BIT LIKE SOME SORT OF COMEDY & SURREAL NO CHANCE OF LEGITIMATELY, ITS CLEAR THE WAY HERE COMES MAX . I HOPE LEWIS RETIRES COS THAT WILL TAKE THE SHINE OFF THE TROPHY. & SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE TO MASSI

  • unnecessary drama from Toto. Hamilton has experience in it … he won 1 and lost 3 title fight for the WDC, in the last race. He already know how to deal with it.

  • Losing is one thing, being humiliated and robbed for the benefit of yt-oriented US media is a travesty. He doesn’t need to dirty his integrity to amuse some idiots…

  • HELL NO ! WHY. SHOULD HE ! AFTER THIS. YEAR. SO. CALLED ……. ” FANTASTIC. “. HELL. NO, IT WILL HAPPEN AGAIN ! They will not let his kind break Schueys. RECORD !

  • Oh please, let this go. He lost, it’s over, the countdown for 2022 is on. I’m totally looking forward to these new cars.

    • ANOTHER OF THE ” HE LOST ” BRIGADE “. & EXPLAIN IN YOUR WORDS EXACTLY HOW HE LOST ! AFTER BEING 10 LENGTHS IN FRONT , WELL PLEASE, & THEN SOME OF US CAN MOVE ON. ( MOT ME. ). LOST INTEREST COS MASSI COULD DO IT AGAIN & WORSE TO LEWIS IS THAT YOUR SORT OF RACING !

      • Sorry you’re angry but this isn’t going anywhere. BTW, I’m not a Max fan, I just live in a reality based world and this is over. Move on for your own good.

        • By the way have you noticed how relevant MAX has become with his “. TAINTED. “. championship ! & how more & more people are beginning to see what you can’t ! THIS WILL ALWAYS, & I MEAN ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED AS THE TAINTED WIN !….

          A. L. W. A. Y. S. !!!

    • Yep, I agree but its off season and people have nothing to bitch about and isn’t that what social media is these day? Look at the Greyskull posts. Mental….

  • LEWIS LED FROM THE START,. TEN LENTHS CLEAR, UNTIL MASSI CHANGES THE RULES ! LITERALLY GIVEN MAX THE WIN ! ON THE LAST LAP ! EVERY ONE IS OKAY WITH THAT !, & NOW WANT TO PUNISH HIM SOME MORE COS HE DOSENT TURN UP, FOR THE DAYLIGHT ROBBERY, SO THAT HORNER,. RB. & CHUMP CAN RUN IT IN HIS FACE ! NO

  • YOU LOT WAS NEVER GONNA ALLOW HIM TO WIN HIS 8 th CHAMPIONSHIP, FROM DAY ONE ! HEAVEN FORBID HE BEATS SCHUEY RECORD ! THE WHOLE WORLD SEES IT ! & KNOWS. WHAT IS WHAT ! &. NEXT YEAR IT WOULD BE THE SAME , HE MIGHT BE FIRST PASS THE FLAG ! BUT PLACED LAST ! FOR SOME OBSCURE RULE !

  • THE. AUDACITY OF HIM CALLING. HIMSELF CHAMP, WHEN HE KNOWS IT TAINTED , WITH SHIT ! & TARNISHED BEYOND REDEMPTION ! YEP. THE TARNISHED. & TAINTED. CHAMP PLAIN & SIMPLE ! hahaha hahaha hahaha hahaha ! you can hug the cup as tight as you can,. only RB. & their FANS RECOGNISE IT ! NOT THE REST OF THE WORLD !

    • No Chance ! You think they would let him ! naaaaa,. It won’t ever happen ! Just retire & leave. F1. &. FIA. you still wanna watch,. we each have choices ! it made me sick & angry, to the point every time I see HORNER. & VERSTAPPEN I WANNA SMA? nope won’t go there & won’t watch ! NO MORE TALK !!!

  • Carl Sciberras says:

    if he left over something like this, hah what a sook.
    if Toto is anything to go by, F1 these days is just constant bitching to the race officials.

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