It was December 12, 2021. TV viewers witnessed a historic Formula 1 final between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen. In the end, Hamilton missed the eighth world title in the drivers’ championship. In a dramatic race, Mercedes driver Max Verstappen lost out and was overtaken by the Dutchman, who ultimately also won the title.
Lewis Hamilton then withdrew completely from the public. Weeks of silence followed. On February 5, Hamilton posted a vacation photo with the caption: “I’ve been away, now I’m back.” In his first public appearance in several weeks, the Formula 1 legend spoke of a difficult time.
“I had to take a step back,” said Hamilton, explaining his time out from the public after the final and the accolade a few days later. “I had my family around me, it was a great time,” said the Briton. He had also completely withdrawn from social media.
Meanwhile, team boss Toto Wolff welcomed the fact that the International Automobile Federation (FIA) has taken action following the events in Abu Dhabi. “It’s very encouraging to see that action has been taken,” he said. “It was the right move.” On Thursday, the FIA announced, among other things, the dismissal of race director Michael Masi, whose decisions had favored Verstappen’s title win.