This isn’t a question that we can answer, in all honesty, as that’s a matter only Lewis Hamilton knows, and he is the one who can really understand his own feelings. Formula 1 will start a new era in the 2022 campaign, and that era could start without the face of the sport, in terms of drivers. Whether Hamilton will return in 2022 or not is something that we haven’t confirmed yet, but there are a lot of people out there who would bet on him not returning due to a likely loss of faith in the F1 system. To know about Formula 1 betting and how you can join the show in 2022, you can learn more to become a real contender.

Will Hamilton return this F1 season after the Abu Dhabi controversy?

The safety car driving in front of Lewis
Hamilton during the Abu Dhabi F1 GP

After the controversial finish of the 2021 Abu Dhabi GP, which settled the World Championship in Max Verstappen’s favor after the race director implemented a new protocol for the Safety Car and the Dutchman used his fresh tyres to hunt Hamilton down, the sport has been in a lot of questions.

Lots of Hamilton fans have pointed out that the decision to allow the cars between Hamilton and Verstappen before the final lap of the Abu Dhabi GP was a manipulation made for entertainment purposes and did not follow the regulations, which stated that after the last lapped car surpassed the Safety Car, the latter should come in at the end of the following lap. If rules were followed, the race would’ve ended behind the Safety Car.

Of course, those who defend the finish of the Abu Dhabi race on December 12th, 2021, have been quick to state that the race director has overriding authority established in the rulebook. However, it must be noted that the authority given to the race director does not give him full power to do anything with a determined race, especially when safety is part of the situation. The race director has control of the Safety Car, sure, but it surely comes in terms of when or if the Safety Car must be deployed. When the Safety Car is on the track, the established protocol should be followed. At the end of the day, it is the Safety Car, not the Opportunity-to-make-it-interesting Car.

Now, Toto Wolff indicated that he hoped Lewis Hamilton would be back for the 2022 Formula 1 season, while some Hamilton fans are divided between thinking that he should return to ‘avenge’ this ‘unfair’ loss and those who believe that Formula 1 is not worth it for the soon-to-be 37-year-old champion.

Opinions will invariably be different, but one thing is certain, the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will always be remembered as the day in which Formula 1 crowned a new champion, but when the thing that really reigned was controversy and disappointment from many die-hard fans.

Verstappen urges Hamilton against early retirement

Race winner and 2021 F1 World Drivers Champion Max Verstappen is congratulated by runner up in the race and championship Lewis Hamilton on December 12, 2021 in Abu Dhabi (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Will the sport suffer from such controversy? Probably, but only in the eyes of those who are die-hard followers of the circus and know that a decision should not be made due to entertainment purposes (especially when the rules state the protocol that should be followed).

In terms of casual and new fans that inevitably joined the sport in the middle of a tremendous fight between Mercedes’ Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in 2021, they surely enjoyed the finish, as it certainly looked entertaining if you didn’t consider the tyre difference.

Formula 1 is definitely in front of the start of a new era of cars that might look stunning on track, but the sport needs to clean its act and work towards keeping, or regaining, an integrity that has too often been questioned. Any publicity is good publicity, but a series as big as F1 should not in any shape or form allow for its integrity to disappear only for the show or to appeal to new fans that might not stay for the long run, compared with motor racing fans who have been there for decades, through tragedy, highs, lows, scandals and memorable eras.


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10 F1 Fan comments on “Will Hamilton return this F1 season after the Abu Dhabi controversy?

  1. Les

    Felipe Massa lost the WDC in 2008 to Ham on the last corner of the last lap of the last race.Felipe never got another chance at getting close to the WDC. HAM has 7 titles. Felipe never sulked like HAM is.
    Mercedes wanted the title to be decided by racing on the track but then wanted it to finish under the safety car because they stuffed up by not changing his tyres.
    Wolff is not a leader. He lets the tail (HAM ) wag the dog by agreeing to paint the Mercedes cars black, and not going to the FIA awards night to sympathise with HAM, when he should have gone to accept the constructors championship.
    Not mature at all.

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    • True Post

      And??? Well, whether Lewis comes back or not we hopefully will have great Formula 1 racing with at least 10 drivers who could be world champions if they ever got their hands on top equipment.

      Hopefully what we won’t get is a bunch of Mercedes type pre-2021 parades and a top driver who believes that he is some kind of a king, and that Formula 1 doomed without him.

      Somebody’s diaper needs a change it would seem.

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  2. shroppyfly

    Off the sky site Craig Slater
    It has now been reported that, although Hamilton does have a desire to continue racing, that will only happen if he is satisfied that the sport's top brass are making enough progress on the rule changes he wants.

    If they fail to deliver, chances are Hamilton may take a year out of the sport – and could even choose to quit his racing career altogether and focus on other ventures.

    Ah.. this will be Hamilton's get out/retirement clause I am guessing .

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      I’ve heard that Lewis is being very gracious and is keeping his requirements to only three basic, and very understandable rules:

      1- Lewis will have the fastest car at all times;
      2- No one is allowed to race Lewis at any time, and certainly not ever attempt to pass him;
      3- Lewis will be world champion in 2021 no matter what.

      Seems fair to me...

      Who is this guy?

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  3. True Post

    I’ve heard that Lewis is being very gracious and is keeping his requirements to only three basic, and very understandable rules:

    1- Lewis will have the fastest car at all times;
    2- No one is allowed to race Lewis at any time, and certainly not ever attempt to pass him;
    3- Lewis will be world champion in 2021 no matter what.

    Seems fair to me...

    Who is this guy?

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  4. Donalf

    I absolutely agree with shroppyfly. Hamilton is not my favourite driver having said that he's been really good for fi, but he that giveth is now taking it away by blackmailing the sport that has made him, the FIA should "NOT" do has he requests he is only the driver.

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      • True Post

        You got that right!!!

        The idea of the F1 world spending any time on what is such childish behavior from a public figure is beyond any understanding.

        Lewis wants to convince the world that he should be the WC and is acting like an 11 year at at best.

        F1 has survived EVERYONE who left it for whatever reason and it will do just fine without Lewis if he wants to quit.

        Now even Damon Hill is begging Lewis followers to get over it. Good idea!

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