Lewis Hamiltons conditions for remaining in F1 as "disillusioned" star may quit

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Lewis Hamilton’s decision to continue or retire from Formula One reportedly hinges on the FIA’s investigation into the events of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver was pipped to the F1 crown by Max Verstappen in extraordinary and bizarre fashion at Yas Marina last month.

Racing director Michael Masi allowed the lapped cars in-between Hamilton and the Red Bull driver to pass the Brit, giving Verstappen a clear run to overtake the seven-time world champion, who had amassed a ten-second lead over the Dutchman.

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff said Hamilton had become “disillusioned” after the events in Abu Dhabi, while further sources have also claimed his trust in the governing body is at an all-time low.

And Hamilton will make up his mind when he sees the results of an inquiry into the tumultuous Grand-Prix, according to BBC Sport.

The FIA has launched an investigation into the dramatic events at Yas Marina and are more than aware of the challenge facing them when it comes to winning back Hamilton’s trust.

And they have quite the job on their hands, as Wolff confirmed the driver’s unhappiness and shock of the incident.

"As a racer, his heart will say: 'I need to continue' because he's at the peak of his game," Wolff said recently.

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"But we have to overcome the pain that was caused upon him.

I am in a daily dialogue with him. But there is not a lot to talk (about) 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. And we wish very much that this would be the case."

It is also believed that Wolff and the rest of Mercedes are also eagerly awaiting the results of the FIA.

And while Mercedes and Wolff did not comment on Hamilton’s future in the F1, the Austrian demanded action and assurances that such events would not happen again.

"We cannot continue in a sport that is meant to be sport followed by entertainment and not the other way around,” Wolff added.

"The consistency of the rules is important and no decision should happen contrary to the rules just to spice up the action.

"There need to be clear measures in place before the start of the season so every driver and team and the fans understand what is on and not on."

  • Lewis Hamilton
  • Formula One
  • Mercedes

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