Lewis Hamilton retirement talk shut down by F1 chief Stefano Domenicali

F1 supremo Stefano Domenicali is confident Sir Lewis Hamilton will line up on the F1 grid next season amid doubts over his future within the sport.

Since his post-race interview following the controversial Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Hamilton has not spoken and been silent on social media, leading many beginning to speculate whether the Brit was going to walk away from the sport.

Comments from Mercedes CEO Toto Wolff, which did not confirm Hamilton featuring next season, intensified these feelings.

But as Hamilton has shown on numerous occasions throughout his glittering career, he never gives up and has risen to every challenge, and Domenicali thinks this will be no different.

“ Lewis Hamilton? I’m sure he will recharge his batteries and come back with even more desire than before to win the eighth world title,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport .

Hamilton was denied a record eighth F1 world title in the closing stages of the final race of an enthralling 2020 season.

The Mercedes driver was cruising to an unprecedented eighth world title, having led arch title rival Verstappen by 11 seconds going into the remaining laps.

But a late Nicholas Latifi crash dramatically changed the landscape of the race and the title battle.

The safety car was brought onto the track and Verstappen opted for a change in tyres.

FIA race director Michael Masi initially instructed that lapped cars could not overtake the safety vehicle until it left the track, meaning there would not have been time for Verstappen to get behind his rival.

However, Masi later controversially changed his mind, allowing the cars between Hamilton and Verstappen to unlap themselves before ordering the safety car off the track.

Therefore, the Dutchman could get on the British driver's tail before overtaking him in a one-lap shootout, benefiting from driving on far newer tyres.

However, there were still more cars that should have been able to unlap themselves, according to the rules.

If these rules had been followed, then the race would likely have finished behind a safety car as it was the final lap, and as Hamilton was in the lead, he would have been crowned champion.

Hamilton could be heard saying “this is being manipulated man,” as he crossed the line behind Verstappen.

The seven-time champion will line up alongside his new teammate of George Russell at Mercedes and will try once again to secure a record eighth world title in 2022.

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