Mercedes F1 team boss Toto Wolff says he is not sure whether Lewis Hamilton will continue his F1 career after losing the title fight in the last race of the championship due to the racing director's dubious decision to continue the race.
Hamilton controlled the race from the first turn after overtaking Verstappen at the start, but a late safety car, combined with Michael Masi's decision to allow only some drivers to return to the lead, led to Verstappen having a lot in the final lap.
newer tires with which he attacked Hamilton and came away with the win and the title. Hamilton did not appear at the FIA's annual awards ceremony, which was supported by Wolff, who also did not appear, and the head of the Mercedes F1 team spoke to the media for the first time on Thursday after Mercedes 'heavy-hearted' decided to reject the appeal to the result of the last race.
"It will take a long time to digest what happened on Sunday, I don't think we will ever get over it." "We will never get over the pain and stress they caused us on Sunday, but many values and beliefs have been violated on Sunday."
“When you look from the perspective that he has been dominant in the last four races, there was no doubt who will win the race. And that was worth winning the Championship " As a runner, I think his heart will tell him 'I have to keep going' because he is currently at his peak, but we will have to overcome the pain inflicted on us on Sunday, among other things because he is a man with clear convictions and it is difficult to understand.
happened." Asked if he feared Hamilton might give up Formula One, Wolff replied: "I really hope Lewis continues to race because he is the greatest driver of all time." Ahead of this season’s Austrian Grand Prix, Mercedes announced that they have extended their contract with Hamilton for another two years (2022 and 2023).
If the Briton continues in Formula 1, next year he will continue to fight with Verstappen, but also with his new teammate George Russell, who should be a much bigger challenge for him than Bottas, who was in Mercedes from 2017 to the end of 2021.
Next season could really bring a lot of surprises and we will see how Red Bull and Mercedes will fare next year