Former world champion Jacques Villeneuve says Lewis Hamilton must overcome the disappointment of losing the 2021 title to Max Verstappen, and believes he must “be aggressive” to regain the title. The silence by the seven-time champion has been going on for more than a month.
The Briton made a brief statement after the last race in Abu Dhabi where he lost the title to the Red Bull driver, who overtook him in the back lap and thus reached his first career title. The race was marked by controversial situations in which the FIA's racing director made several strange decisions that, according to Nico Rosberg, were one-to-one.
On the other hand, 1997 title winner Jacques Villeneuve believes the controversial end to the last race of the 2021 season was “good for sport” as it poses a challenge for Hamilton’s return in which he would avenge his defeat.
“It’s good for the sport anyway because Lewis has to come back now and try to win his eighth title and be aggressive in trying to win it,” Villeneuve said. "In the end, he got a lot of ink in the newspaper.
It was a bit controversial, but it's always like that when it all comes down to the last race, ”he added. After a shocking defeat in Abu Dhabi, which cost him a record eighth title, Hamilton withdrew from social media, which led to suggestions that he could leave Formula 1.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said he "hopes Hamilton will continue racing", but admitted that the seven-time world champion was "currently disappointed"
Villeneuve on Hamilton's return
Asked what he thought about whether Hamilton would return in 2022, Villeneuve replied: "Well, who knows?" “No one expected (Nico) Rosberg to come back and suddenly one morning he woke up and told everyone that he wasn’t really passionate about racing in any way.
That doesn't seem to be the case with Lewis, but who knows? ” "It's really embarrassing to know what's going on in people's heads when the season is very long. You believe that you know where everything will end and that it doesn't turn out as you expect, and then you feel that it has been taken away from you.
" "I guess the reaction is pretty negative, but you just have to keep going," he explains. Following the controversial events in Abu Dhabi, the FIA has launched a detailed analysis and will focus on events during the safety car period, but Villeneuve claims the real driver won the title in the 2021 season.
"I guess it depends on whether you're a Verstappen fan or a Lewis fan when it comes to reaction. It was exciting, and watching the whole season go by, Max deserved the championship. He was at the top all year - race after race, ”concluded Villeneuve.
Whether Villeneuve is right or not, everyone will say differently, but we cannot deny his experience and knowledge