After remaining silent on the controversial 2021 season homestretch, Sir Lewis Hamilton has eventually spoken about what was going through his head during the final stages of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
In an expansive interview with Vanity Fair, Hamilton spoke each about the final stages of the race at the Yas Marina Circuit, where race director at the time, Michael Masi failed to follow the rulebook.Following a safety auto to recover Nicholas Latifi’s crashed Williams, Masi only allowed the lapped motorists between Hamilton and title rival Max Verstappen toun-lapthemselves.With Hamilton on old Hard tyres, and Verstappen on Softs, the Dutchman caught the seven- time World Champion on the final stage of the race.
This saw Verstappen claim the 2021 World Championship; still, the title remains to be tainted by how his title palm came about.
Had the rules been followed, also all the lapped motorists should ’ve been allowed toun-lap themselves, not a select many.
As well as this, an fresh stage should ’ve been completed behind the safety auto, which in this case would ’ve seen the race finish behind it, with Hamilton claiming palm and an unknown eighth WorldTitle.Hamilton explained to Vanity Fair that his “ worst fears came alive ” at Abu Dhabi, and how he sat in his autopost-race in total “ unbelief ”. “ You see effects start to unfold and my worst fears came alive, ” Hamilton said.
“ I was like, there’s no way they ’re going to cheat me out of this. There’s no way. That wo n’t be. Surely not.
“ I do n’t know if I can really put into words the feeling that I had. I do flash back just sitting there just in unbelief. And realising I ’ve got to undo my belts, I ’ve got to get out of there, I ’ve got to climb out of this thing, I ’ve got to find the strength.
“ I had no strength. And it was one of the toughest moments, I would say, that I ’ve had in a long, long time.
“ I knew what had happed. I knew what opinions had been made and why. Yes, I knew that commodity was n’t right. ” In 2022 Hamilton has had to watch Verstappen storm down in the motorists ’ Championship, with Mercedes presently being the third stylish platoon on the grid, unknown home for them.
With Hamilton having finished towards the bottom of the points at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix and outside the points at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, people began to question whether the Mercedes motorist would retire from F1.
Still, Mercedes have turned a important- demanded corner, with Hamilton having finished on the tribune at five successive races.