Button Rosberg Domenicali and Sainz – think Hamilton will return to Formula 1 in 2022.
It seems unthinkable, but the level of emotion around the Mercedes Formula 1 team since the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix’s controversial finish has been such that the prospect of Lewis Hamilton quitting F1 on the spot has been discussed.
Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz says Lewis Hamilton is “one of the best in history”, and he wants to “continue sharing the grid with him”.
After the controversial ending of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Toto Wolff said he hopes Lewis Hamilton will continue driving in Formula 1 on 2022, but he wasn’t able to confirm it for sure.
In an interview with Marca, Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz was asked to give his comments on the speculation about the Briton possibly quitting the sport.
“I don’t know. I hope Hamilton doesn’t retire and i think Lewis will be back soon” Sainz said.
“I want to continue racing with him. He’s one of the best in history, and I want to continue sharing the grid with him.”
During the race in Abu Dhabi, Sainz was one of the drivers who immediately disagreed with race director Michael Masi’s decision to call in the Safety Car to allow one more lap of racing, even though proper protocols were not followed.
“I think it would be unfair to restart this race. We should stay behind the safety car,” Sainz told his race engineer.
After the message was acknowledged by the engineer, Sainz added: “It gives a massive advantage to some people.”
One of those people was Max Verstappen who was given the race win and the 2021 title on a silver platter.
Domenicali says Hamilton will return in 2022 “with even more desire”
Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali says he believes Lewis Hamilton will return in 2022, and warns F1 must ‘recover’ the “relationship” between Red Bull and Mercedes.
After the controversial end of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said he is not sure if Lewis Hamilton will return to Formula 1 in 2022.
Asked about this, Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali said he believes the Briton will be back after taking a little break from the sport.
“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,” Domenicali told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
While collecting a prestigious Lorenzo Bandini Award in Italy, Domenicali also touched on the strained relationship between Mercedes and Red Bull.
“Those who live with certainties mean that they sleep well! But we have many doubts and we have to face them. We have issues that will eventually have to be managed.
“We will have to evaluate day-by-day the relationship that must be recovered between Red Bull and Mercedes, to avoid the personal clashes that we have seen that serve no benefit.”
Regarding the controversial decisions that have been made in Abu Dhabi, Domenicali said this is something the newly elected FIA president Mohammed bin Sulayem will have to deal with.
“We have already spoken with the president. We talked about the priorities he will have to face, and there are many.
“But, at this stage, it is right to remain silent so as not to create further controversy in an area that was very overheated.
“But I would like to say that we come from an extraordinary season, followed by more than two billion people. The last Abu Dhabi GP was the most followed sporting event in 2021.
“These are stratospheric numbers that we must be proud of,” concluded the Italian.
Button and Rosberg think Hamilton will return to Formula 1 in 2022
Lewis Hamilton’s former team-mates Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg give their opinions on whether they expect him to return to Formula 1 in 2022.
After the controversial ending of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said he is not sure if Lewis Hamilton will return to Formula 1 in 2022.
The Austrian added both him and Lewis are “disillusioned” by the injustice suffered in the last race of the season.
This immediately became a big news story and, naturally, Lewis’ former team-mates Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg were asked to give their opinions on it.
“Anything is possible as we all know in sport,” Button told Sky Sports F1.
“We are very emotional characters and tensions run high. Personally – I don’t know Lewis that well now, I knew him seven or eight years ago – but I wouldn’t see him walking away. Especially as he’s just lost the world championship.
“I think he will come back fighting next year and we’ll be back on, game on in March,” the Briton concluded.
Rosberg also thinks Lewis will return.
“It was heartbreaking for him, absolutely, because up until four laps from the end he was almost certain to be world champion,” the German said.
“Then with this change of procedure or whatever you want to call it, suddenly he lost the world championship. So it was tough, it was extremely tough.
“But of course I do count on him being back on the grid next year and fighting to get back that world championship that kind of got taken away from him in a way,” Rosberg concluded.
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