Lewis Hamilton’s brother says the seven-time world champion has taken a break from social media after the defeat he suffered in the last race of the 2021 season. The driver of the Mercedes did not appear in the media since giving a brief statement after the race for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
It was at that race that several controversial decisions were made which contributed to the British driver not appearing and giving statements to the media. Hamilton and Verstappen entered the last race weekend equal in points, but Verstappen had an advantage of one victory more, which gave him a certain advantage.
The Red Bull driver further improved his chances of beating his main rival by winning pole position in the qualifiers. However, at the start of the race, Hamilton immediately overtook the Dutchman and came to the leading position.
Verstappen soon attacks him and briefly overtook him, but the Briton cuts the bend and returns to first place. The Red Bull camp was expecting a return to the position, but the race management said it would not be investigated as Hamilton returned the required time by going over the corner.
After that, the Mercedes driver soon separates from the Dutchman and creates an advantage of about 12 seconds. However, everything turned around after Latifi caused a safety car to hit the track. Verstappen immediately takes the opportunity to change tires.
He is returning to the track, but not to the position he previously had because the race management did not allow it.
Finish of the race
That decision was soon changed, and the Red Bull driver passed several cars under the SC.
After the restart, Verstappen soon overtook the Briton and crossed the finish line in the first place - which also meant winning the first title of his career. Mercedes filed two appeals after the race, which were soon rejected.
They later considered filing an additional appeal against this decision but withdrew. All this resulted in Hamilton and Wolff not going to the FIA Awards, and the seven-time world champion did not appear in the media.
Nicolas Hamilton, who competes in the BTTC, outlined while roaming on his Twitch channel the reasons he assumes his brother, Lewis, is not appearing in the media. “He took a little break from social media,” Nicolas said.
"I do not blame him. Social media can be a very toxic place, ”he added. "He is cool, it's good. He is currently watching the children ski, ”he concluded. The Red Bull camp was expecting a return to the position, but the race management said it would not be investigated as Hamilton returned the required time by going over the corner.