Mercedes has intimated that Lewis Hamilton would not be retired from racing in 2022
Lewis Hamilton is expected to drive one of Mercedes’ cars in 2022, according to a social media update.
Due to the circumstances of his title defeat against Red Bull’s Max Verstappen at the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, rumors have emerged that Hamilton may not return in 2022.
Hamilton had led for the bulk of the race, but was overtaken on the final lap after a Safety Car intervention late in the race allowed Verstappen to gamble on changing tyres.
Hamilton has remained radio silence since then, with the exception of a brief TV interview before the podium and a public appearance to collect his knighthood in the UK, and has even purged his own social media accounts to unfollow everyone.
“Adversity causes some to break; others to break records,” Mercedes said in a short status update, which was accompanied by a photo of Hamilton.
Hamilton is expected to return in 2022, aiming to break the record he has with Michael Schumacher of seven Drivers’ World Championships each.
Where has Hamilton been?
Hamilton’s brother Nicolas provided the most recent update on the seven-time champion a few days ago, noting that he is presently taking a break from social media.
Toto Wolff has also stated that the outcome of the championship finals left Hamilton “shell-shocked,” but Red Bull’s Helmut Marko anticipates Hamilton’s return for the following season.
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