Lewis Hamilton has stopped short of confirming that he will be competing in Formula 1 next season.
Hamilton, who holds virtually every record in the sport other than for the number of World Championships, where he is tied with Michael Schumacher on seven, lost the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in dramatic circumstances.
The Brit led the race throughout, with Mercedes’ risky one-stop strategy proving to the right call, but they could not have foreseen how the FIA would stitch them up and gift the World Championship to Max Verstappen.
It’s hard to imagine how Hamilton will be feeling this evening, having been denied his eighth World Championship by the stewards, but you couldn’t blame him if he decided to wash his hands with the sport.
As is reported by The Sun, Hamilton refused to commit to returning for next season by saying: “I’ve felt great in the car in the past couple of months. We’re still in the pandemic and I just want everyone to stay safe and spend Christmas with their families.”
“We’ll see about next year.”
That’ll leave Hamilton and Mercedes fans concerned that the last they see of one of Formula 1’s greatest ever drivers will be in such sour and controversial circumstances.
We really hope he doesn’t end it like this, but regardless, the FIA have to take a serious look at themselves and consider whether, in their current form, they are at all fit for purpose.