Lewis Hamilton: Toto Wolff says he can provide no assurances British star will proceed in F1 after Abu Dhabi ache

Sky Sports News Craig Slater reports as Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff says he can give 'no assurances' Lewis Hamilton will return to Formula One next season after the controversial finish to the title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Sky Sports activities Information Craig Slater reviews as Mercedes Staff Principal Toto Wolff says he can provide ‘no assurances’ Lewis Hamilton will return to Method One subsequent season after the controversial end to the title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Sky Sports activities Information Craig Slater reviews as Mercedes Staff Principal Toto Wolff says he can provide ‘no assurances’ Lewis Hamilton will return to Method One subsequent season after the controversial end to the title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Toto Wolff says he can provide no assurances Lewis Hamilton will proceed in F1 after Sunday’s controversial ending to the title-deciding Abu Dhabi GP.

Mercedes crew principal Wolff says Hamilton and the crew have been left “disillusioned” by occasions of the season finale.

The Austrian “would very a lot hope Lewis continues racing” but additionally recommended Hamilton “won’t ever overcome the ache and the misery that was precipitated on Sunday”.

Max Verstappen, on recent tyres, overtook Hamilton on the race’s last lap to say the race win and world title after a controversial Security Automotive restart process.

On Thursday, Mercedes introduced they’d withdrawn their enchantment in opposition to the race outcome, however stay deeply dismayed about how the race performed out.

“Lewis and I are disillusioned in the meanwhile,” mentioned Wolff. “We’re not disillusioned of the game, we love the game with each bone in our physique and we find it irresistible as a result of the stopwatch by no means lies.

Sky Sports' David Croft says Mercedes have lost faith in Formula 1 after Sunday's controversial ending to the Drivers' Championship

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Sky Sports activities’ David Croft says Mercedes have misplaced religion in Method 1 after Sunday’s controversial ending to the Drivers’ Championship

Sky Sports activities’ David Croft says Mercedes have misplaced religion in Method 1 after Sunday’s controversial ending to the Drivers’ Championship

“But when we break that basic precept of sporting equity and authenticity of the game, that all of a sudden the stopwatch does not grow to be related, as a result of we’re uncovered to random resolution making, it’s clear that you simply begin to query if all of the work that you’ve got been placing in – all of the sweat, tears and blood – can really be demonstrated by way of bringing the absolute best performances on observe, as a result of it may be taken away randomly.

“It will take a very long time for us to digest what has occurred on Sunday. I do not assume we are going to ever overcome it, that is not potential.

“And positively not him (Hamilton) as a driver. I might very a lot hope the 2 of us and the remainder of the crew we are able to work by way of the occasions… However he won’t ever overcome the ache and the misery that was precipitated on Sunday.”

Hamilton signed a brand new two-year contract with Mercedes earlier within the season.

Requested straight whether or not Hamilton, who turns 37 in January, could be again subsequent 12 months, Wolff indicated that was not a certainty.

Experience the incredible conclusion of the Abu Dhabi GP from on-board Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton's cars and listen to the team radios, including Hamilton saying the race had been 'manipulated'

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Expertise the unimaginable conclusion of the Abu Dhabi GP from on-board Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton’s vehicles and hearken to the crew radios, together with Hamilton saying the race had been ‘manipulated’

Expertise the unimaginable conclusion of the Abu Dhabi GP from on-board Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton’s vehicles and hearken to the crew radios, together with Hamilton saying the race had been ‘manipulated’

“I might very a lot hope Lewis continues racing as a result of he’s the best driver of all time,” he mentioned.

“As a racer his coronary heart will say I must proceed as a result of he is on the peak of his sport. However we have now to beat the ache that was precipitated upon him on Sunday. He’s a person with clear values.”

Wolff mentioned each he and Hamilton is not going to attend Thursday evening’s FIA prize-giving ceremony. Mercedes chief technical officer James Allison will likely be in Paris to gather the trophy for the crew’s record-extending eighth Constructors’ Championship.

“I will not be there due to my loyalty to Lewis and due to my very own private integrity,” he mentioned.

‘We have been deeply wronged on Sunday’

After talks with Mercedes this week, the FIA has dedicated to conducting a evaluation of the occasions of Abu Dhabi so as to study classes and make adjustments for 2022 after controversy regarding the Security Automotive.

“We’ll maintain them accountable for the actions as a result of we can not proceed in a sport that’s meant to be sport adopted by leisure and never the opposite manner round,” mentioned Wolff.

“That we’re held ransom by ad-hoc choices in each area, be it technical or sporting, and subsequently there must be clear measures in place earlier than the beginning of the season so each driver, each crew and the followers perceive what’s on and what’s not on.”

Listen to audio from the team radios which reveals just how late the decision was made to allow the drivers to unlap themselves during the controversial ending to the Abu Dhabi GP

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Hearken to audio from the crew radios which reveals simply how late the choice was made to permit the drivers to unlap themselves through the controversial ending to the Abu Dhabi GP

Hearken to audio from the crew radios which reveals simply how late the choice was made to permit the drivers to unlap themselves through the controversial ending to the Abu Dhabi GP

Wolff made clear “we consider we had a really robust case” to enchantment however in the end they made the “heavy-hearted” resolution to not proceed to the FIA’s personal Worldwide Courtroom of Attraction “as a result of we would not have gotten the outcome again”.

“If you happen to take a look at it from the authorized facet, if it will have been judged in a daily court docket you might be virtually assured that we might have gained,” he mentioned.

“However the issue with the ICA is the best way it is structured, the FIA cannot actually mark their very own homework, and there’s a distinction between being proper and sustaining justice. There’s a lesson to be discovered, ‘how can we make it possible for going ahead in conditions like that the precise choices are being taken?’.”

Wolff confirmed Hamilton had been concerned with each step of the method for the reason that aftermath of Sunday’s race.

“Neither him nor us wish to win a world championship within the courtroom,” the Mercedes crew boss added. “However we have been deeply wronged on Sunday and it wasn’t only a case of a nasty name; it was a freestyle studying of the foundations and it left Lewis like a sitting duck.

“It was tremendously exhausting for him and us as a crew to withdraw the enchantment as a result of we have been wronged.”

FIA race director Michael Masi has come beneath heavy criticism within the aftermath of the finale and Wolff acknowledged “the race director is actually beneath greater strain and a few of that is because of our personal faults”.

However requested if he would search talks with the Australian, Wolff mentioned: “I am not curious about having a dialog with Michael Masi. The choices which have been taken within the final 4 minutes of this race have robbed Lewis Hamilton of a deserved world championship.”

Mercedes have withdrawn their enchantment in opposition to the controversial end to the title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Of their first remark in regards to the occasions of final Sunday, Mercedes mentioned they left Abu Dhabi in “disbelief of what we had simply witnessed” regarding the Security Automotive process and lodged an enchantment after the race “within the curiosity of sporting equity”.

The FIA, F1’s governing physique, issued a press release on Wednesday evening by which they promised to conduct an “evaluation and clarification train” on what unfolded, along with groups and drivers, to study classes for 2022. Additionally they described the fallout from the controversy as “tarnishing the picture of the championship”.

Mercedes mentioned that “along with Lewis, we have now deliberated rigorously over how you can reply” to Sunday’s race.

Having been in “constructive dialogue” with the FIA and F1, Mercedes mentioned they welcomed the governing physique’s steps and now would work with stakeholders to “construct a greater Method 1 – for each crew and each fan who loves this sport as a lot as we do”.

Mercedes additionally made clear they might “maintain the FIA accountable for this course of”.

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