Lewis Hamilton’s younger brother, Nicolas, has provided a brief update on the seven-time World Champion as his silence since Abu Dhabi continues.
Hamilton has made two public appearances since the controversial events in the season finale which saw an eighth World Championship title slip from his grasp on the very last lap.
While he has been to collect his knighthood and headed back to Mercedes’ base to say his farewells to Valtteri Bottas as he prepares for his new role at Alfa Romeo, Hamilton has not taken to any of his social media accounts nor done any interviews in the wake of the events that unfolded at the Yas Marina circuit.
And, whenever there is silence, the speculation is usually not far behind. Mercedes boss Toto Wolff recently did little to stifle the rumours by saying he could only “hope” that Hamilton returned to Formula 1 in 2022, providing no guarantees that he actually would come back.
The retirement rumours continued when Hamilton unfollowed the official Formula 1 account on Instagram, but this in fact was part of a complete unfollow spree from the Mercedes driver.
This ties in with Nicolas’ update on his brother via his Twitch stream as his viewers asked for the latest.
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— Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team (@MercedesAMGF1) December 27, 2021
“I think he is just having a bit of a social media break, which I don’t blame him for,’ Nicolas Hamilton said on Twitch.
“Social media can be a very toxic place. But he’s cool though. He’s fine.”
While a report by the Italian branch of Motorsport.com has suggested Hamilton has told Mercedes he will continue next season, ex-Formula 1 owner Bernie Ecclestone is of the opinion that he will not return and instead go on and pursue other interests away from Formula 1.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has also spoken further about Hamilton’s silence recently, saying his star driver is simply “lost for words” following the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Back in July 2021, Hamilton did sign a new two-year contract with Mercedes which expires at the end of the 2023 campaign.