Chandhok thinks Hamilton would return to a ‘fairer sport’

Michelle Foster
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, with his hand to his head. Mexico, November 2021.

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, with his hand to his head on the grid for the Mexican Grand Prix. November 2021.

Lewis Hamilton is not looking for heads to roll when the FIA releases its report into Abu Dhabi, he just wants to know he will be returning to a “fairer sport”.

That is the opinion of former F1 driver turned pundit Karun Chandhok.

A lot has been written about Hamilton in the last month and a half, most of that being speculation – how he is feeling after losing the World title in controversial circumstances, what action, if any, he wants the FIA to take and what his plans are for the future.

While initially there were a lot of headlines claiming Hamilton was thinking about quitting, in recent weeks – and with the launch of Mercedes’ W13 less than two weeks away – those headlines have changed.

Pundits are now suggesting Hamilton will take his place on the 2022 grid, lining up for Mercedes as he bids for a record-breaking eighth World title.

Chandhok agrees, believing Hamilton showed in 2021 he still has the “hunger” to win.

Max Verstappen, Red Bull, offers Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, a fist bump. Abu Dhabi, December 2021.

Speaking to Express Sport, the former F1 driver said: “My personal instinct is he will come back.

“I think he showed in the last four races of last season his hunger to win and his inherent speed has not dimmed at all.

“What he did in those last four races…the quality of driving in those last four races was exceptional.

“It was just as good as anything from Lewis in the last 14 years.”

But that does not mean Hamilton will not still be smarting when he takes his place on the Bahrain Grand Prix grid for the season-opening race in March.

The FIA are set to release their findings only on the Friday of that race weekend, which means Hamilton will not have much time to respond to that before the visor has to go down.

However, it is likely whatever action the FIA take – especially if motorsport’s governing body decides FIA race director Michael Masi cannot continue in his position – will already be known before Bahrain.

“As long as he can come back in the right frame of mind,” Chandhok continued.

 

“As long as the FIA can demonstrate to him they have made changes and put mechanisms in place to make the sport a fairer sport for what Lewis perceives to be an injustice towards him, he will come back.”

 

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Chandhok believes Hamilton will return, but wants a ‘fairer’ F1

Karun Chandhok believes that Lewis Hamilton will return to the sport but expects a fairer F1.