Mercedes boss hopes ‘robbed’ Lewis Hamilton will continue racing
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Mercedes chief Toto Wolff has taken a fresh swipe at the FIA following the unforgettable controversy at Yas Marina that saw Max Verstappen pip Lewis Hamilton to the world championship in the dying embers of the season. The Silver Arrows are seemingly still recovering from the devastating blow that effectively undone all of their hard work throughout the season.
With Hamilton well in front on lap 55 and just minutes from glory, a crash involving Nicholas Latifi saw the safety car deployed.
The FIA then decided to allow the five cars on track between the two favourites to unlap themselves.
Unbelievably, Hamilton and Verstappen were then left to battle it out in a straight shootout on the final lap and the Dutchman’s fresher tyres saw him leave his rival in his rear-view mirror.
Mercedes lodged an appeal against the decision but Wolff reluctantly decided to retract it just days later following consultation with Hamilton.
While both are now welcoming rest after arguably the most dramatic season in F1 history, Wolff still cannot accept the events that occurred in the Middle East on the final race of the campaign.
He said: “It is a wider problem. If you look at most of the controversies that have happened this year.
“It was about decisions, sporting decisions on the track, the inconsistency of the execution of the regulations on track.
“It is one thing to drive hard and to have differences of opinion among the drivers and the teams, it is in the nature of the game.
“But inconsistent decision making leads to controversies, leads to polarisation and that was the grounds for many of the totally unnecessary controversies on the track.”
Despite doubts from Wolff over the future of Hamilton, Mercedes have now reportedly received confirmation from their driver that he will continue next season.
Hamilton’s contract is set to expire at the end of next season and there are now fears he could call time on his glistening F1 career in 2022.
Former F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone is adamant Hamilton will snub the new season though as a result of his recent heartbreak
He told Blick: “I don’t know [what is happening with Lewis Hamilton], but I don’t think he’s coming back. His disappointment is too big. And you can somehow understand it.
“Now it would be time to tackle his dream of becoming a fashion entrepreneur with seven World Cup titles like Michael Schumacher.”
Hamilton will be joined by George Russell to kickstart a new era for Mercedes with the 23-year-old set to replace Valtteri Bottas.
Russell caught the eye at the Sakhir GP when he stepped in to replace Hamilton after the seven-time world champion tested positive for COVID-19.
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