Having caressed the eighth title until the last lap of the World Championship and then having it slip away due to an imaginative interpretation of the regulations by the race director must not have been easy. Lewis Hamilton he had to chew bitter, very bitter, this winter. Also because the FIA, by sending Michael Masi away from the role of referee, has in fact admitted his faults, giving reason to the seven-time world champion for the facts of Abu Dhabi, the last race of the 2021 World Cup. But in the meantime the title is at Verstappen .
As for Hamilton, Abu Dhabi’s scars remain. But not the desire to vendetta: “No, that’s not the way I approach this season. I am approaching this year by trying to be at the best of my form and to improve myself in some way“, These are the words of the Mercedes champion in the press conference of the Bahrain Grand Prix, the inaugural event of the 2022 season.
Revenge no, therefore. But Hamilton obviously has a fire inside. On the track he will try to use it to try again this year to win the coveted laurel number eight, with the engines off it has already translated into more dry, aggressive statements. He is a Hamilton who has changed the way of relating to the world of Formula 1, as he himself says: “I will be more aggressive this year, you will see it“. A different Hamilton, it was also possible to see from the ‘desertion’ of the FIA ceremony at the end of the year, to which the top three in the drivers’ standings must go. The Brit did not do it and for that reason he will pay one fine which will be destined for charity: “We have worked together to make sure that the money will go towards young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to enter motorsport engineering. I met FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem a long time at an event in Dubai, it’s great to see him in the position he is in“.
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