FIA president contacted Hamilton: Mercedes driver’s future remains uncertain


Mohammed Ben Sulayem, the new FIA president, is personally deeply involved in the investigation into what happened at the last race of last season. The Emirati himself has already tried to contact Lewis Hamilton, but he says the seven-time world champion has not yet responded. The Mercedes driver and team are awaiting the FIA’s investigation. It is therefore still unclear whether Hamilton will start at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The FIA ​​has launched an investigation following the safety car fiasco in Abu Dhabi. The governing body has indicated that the investigation must be ‘accurate, thorough and transparent’. According to Craig Slater, the new FIA president has taken on an important role. “Ben Sulayem believes it is urgent to do something about this now,” Slater said in a Sky Sports broadcast. “He is personally very involved. He’s already messaged Hamilton. He wants to deal with this as well and as quickly as possible.’

The investigation should be completed in early February, but Ben Sulayem hopes to be able to convince the Mercedes driver of a longer stay in Formula 1. In a conversation with Marca, the president indicated that he had made an attempt to get in touch. with Hamilton. “I did send him a message, but I haven’t heard from him yet,” the new FIA president said. “I don’t think he’s 100 percent ready to respond and I can understand him.”

Stopping Hamilton not to be ruled out

During the safety car situation, Hamilton reacted strongly about the on-board radio. After the race, however, the driver simply shook hands with Max Verstappen. Hamilton has not been heard from since then. Lewis reacted in a dignified manner. He immediately congratulated Verstappen and he behaved normally on the podium,” continues Slater. “Afterwards, he calmly left the track without complaining to the media. Still it hurt him and Mercedes a lot.’

It is therefore at most uncertain whether Hamilton will start in Bahrain next season. The FIA’s investigation is crucial for the 37-year-old Briton. “If the inquiry yields a satisfactory answer, Hamilton will continue. But if the research doesn’t initiate enough change, you can’t rule out that Lewis will stop,” Slater said.

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