You can think what you want about Sir Lewis Hamilton (37). But one thing is clear: the colorful bird has won at least one GP win or pole position (now 103 each) every year since its debut in 2007. Unfortunately, he is still fighting prejudice against the color of his skin. The seven-time world champion and one of Formula 1’s fairest superstars has one thing engraved in his heart: justice. And that’s what the Briton has been demanding since the controversial World Cup final on December 12 in Abu Dhabi. Hamilton has been silent ever since. When the former GP dictator Bernie Ecclestone (91) announced a possible resignation of the Mercedes driver in an exclusive Blick interview at Christmas, many shook their heads. Now this scenario has become a major Formula 1 topic worldwide.
Hamilton has been stewing for weeks. This upsets a lot of people. But he just wants the justice quoted. And it can only look like this: The world association FIA should openly admit the clear mistakes made by Abu Dhabi. And above all, the new Arab FIA boss Mohammed Ben Sulayem (61) should quickly reconsider the punishment he stupidly announced against Lewis when he took office for not attending the FIA victory celebration. But fast is a foreign word under the new leadership. The first “results” should be available on February 3rd: you want to talk to all the teams and drivers. The public will only be informed after the FIA delegates’ meeting on March 18th. This is also the first day of training for the 2022 season.
The investigation into the “Abu Dhabi case” has finally begun – after a hibernation. The use of the safety car should also be reconsidered. And of course the role of the overwhelmed Australian race director Michael Masi (42). Incidentally, Hamilton is not demanding the resignation of Masi, who caused the chaos. If Masi leaves, things won’t get much better. Because there is no successor for the most thankless GP job in the world. And the only capable ruler, Sauber sports director Beat Zehnder (56), will never do that to himself. Only now do you realize how irreplaceable Charlie Whiting, who died in 2019, was.
What does Mercedes boss Wolff say? “I’ll talk to Lewis in February. It would be a disgrace to our sport if the best rider left because of outrageous decisions. The final belonged only to Hamilton. Nobody was better that day. It will always lag behind us, although Max Verstappen is a worthy world champion over the season! I hope we can give Red Bull 2022 the answer.” But Lewis is still struggling with himself. Can he find the way between what is right and what is wrong?