Mercedes have hinted at two significant hints that seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton will be part of the UK-based squad for the 2022 Formula 1 season.
Mercedes posted a photo on Twitter of Hamilton, dressed in team overalls, standing in front of the British flag with the caption ‘Year 16’, and also uploaded a YouTube video of the 37-year-old in discussion with the team. latest acquisition and replacement for Valtteri Bottas – ex-Williams driver George Russell.
Hamilton’s future in Formula 1 had been thrown into doubt after the dramatic end to last season’s world championship, where he was edged out to the finish line by Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen.
Mercedes Hamilton had appeared at the controls of the final race of the 2021 season – the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – and on course for an eighth world title, until a late safety car.
The race was restarted with one lap to go, with Red Bull’s Verstappen on fresh tires and Hamilton on old tires – and the Dutchman swept to take the race victory and his first Formula 1 drivers’ crown.
Race director Michael Masi applied the rules incorrectly during a two-pronged safety period – the timing of the restart and the handling of late cars – in a bid to ensure the race did not end on bail , and this directly influenced the outcome of the world. championship.
In response, the FIA - Formula 1’s governing body – launched an investigation which is still ongoing and could run until the first Grand Prix of the new season in Bahrain on the weekend of March 18-20.