The future of LEWIS HAMILTON Formula One will not be decided until the end of February.
The FIA is not expected to complete its review of the controversial Abu Dhabi GP title decision, next month at the latest.
Hamilton won the record-breaking eighth world driver title on the final lap in 2021.
Max Verstappen’s controversial victory in Abu Dhabi provoked an angry response from Mercedes, who immediately protested the result of the race.
However, they later withdrew their appeal requesting the inspection again after the FIA promised to investigate the events surrounding the safe use of the vehicle.
Based on Sports sky, the official investigative side of the investigation began on Monday.
The investigative team wanted to interview all of the individuals involved in the controversy, with race director Michael Masi, manager, driver and team representatives all included.
This happened after the managers submitted their reports the following week after the race.
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The FIA’s general secretary for motor sport, Peter Bayer, is conducting the process with the new FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem ‘personally participating in the review’ and treating it as a matter of urgency.
Seven-time champion Hamilton, who was knighted in December, can still retire before the 2022 Formula One season.
He will wait for the results of the FIA investigation into the Abu Dhabi GP before decide if he wants to stay in F1.
Hamilton is ‘disillusioned’ with the sport after he was denied victory at the Yas Marina Circuit, where Masi broke the rules.
Masi failed to follow the rules regarding the safety car, leading to a showdown with Hamilton and Verstappen.
However, the Dutchman is on new tires and Hamilton is a sitting duck, with the man Merc claim the race has been ‘manipulated’‘.
The star has yet to speak out about the incident beyond a brief post-race interview. He also refuses to post on social media.
After the finale in Abu Dhabi, Hamilton said ‘we’ll see each other next year’ in a cryptic interview with Jenson Button.
Neither he nor his Mercedes team gave further interviews after the race.
https://www.thesun.ie/sport/8197351/lewis-hamilton-f1-retirement-february-probe/ Lewis Hamilton’s F1 future after retirement will not be decided until the end of February with the FIA’s Abu Dhabi investigation underway