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The silence of 'Sir' Lewis Hamilton triggers the rumors of retirement

Lewis Hamilton’s tongue has been eaten by the cat. Talkative like few Formula 1 drivers, he has not uttered a word in public since he suffered the biggest disappointment of his career at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix . It’s been more than a week since Max Verstappen snatched his wallet over the speaker at Yas Marina and he’s still not leaning against a microphone or posting on his prolific social media. The English press is already openly commenting on the possibility of withdrawal. So great is the displeasure of the seven-time champion?

As soon as the last race of the Formula 1 World Championship finished, Hamilton was quick to congratulate Verstappen, but that sporty outcome quickly began to blur. The Englishman was absent from the post-test press conference and Mercedes surprised with a double claim to the race management, asking for a sanction for the new champion to strip him of the title. Both were rejected and at Red Bull they loosed their hair after a few hours of uncertainty.

The noise of the engines died after a grueling championship, but Mercedes’s tantrum did not. The German team resigned to attend the annual gala of the International Automobile Federation (FIA) for a question of “integrity”, as explained Toto Wolff. In violation of the regulations that required his presence in Paris, neither the team manager nor Hamilton traveled to Paris , where Verstappen received his champion trophy.

With contract until 2023

Since the end of the closest World Cup in recent times, the Stevenage driver’s only public appearance took place on December 15 at Windsor Castle in England. There he was made a Knight of the British Empire , but not even such distinguished recognition served to break ‘Sir’ Hamiton’s vow of silence.

The most successful driver in F1 history together with Michael Schumacher has a contract with Mercedes for the next two seasons, but the English press is already speculating about a possible retirement and even publishing lists of possible substitutes. Two weeks after turning 37, the question is whether the tough loss to Verstappen will be the highlight of his career or a spur to return to the charge for the eighth title. Until Hamilton says this mouth is mine again, everything will remain in the air.

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