Since the end of the 2021 season, the Mercedes driver has chosen not to speak, responding politely to Jenson Button’s first interview after the finish, only to stay away from the microphones.
The Englishman did not participate in the traditional FIA press conference at the end of the Grand Prix, nor in the media sessions at Yas Marina, only to boycott the FIA gala a few days later in Paris.
His only public appearance was on Wednesday 15 December, three days after the season ended, when he was officially knighted in London.
This complete silence takes on darker contours when we think that Wolff himself made a very significant statement ten days ago.
“I really hope Lewis will continue to race, because he is the greatest driver of all time,” said the Mercedes team principal, while someone has fueled the hypothesis of a retirement from F1 of the British.
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B
Photo by: Steve Etherington / Motorsport Images
Until today, the seven-time world champion has remained silent, even on social networks where he is conspicuously absent from the last race, contrary to his usual habits.
An attitude that Wolff explains in a simple way: “The silence is there, of course, because he simply lacks words. We all have ups and downs of emotions, which fluctuate very strongly”.
“Him more than the others. He went from the incredible result of winning the World Championship at the last Grand Prix, to seeing that everything is taken away from you in a second”.
“Obviously you lose hope, because you can’t understand what just happened. We were in constant communication even during the appeal decision stages. He was in the office with me and all the other people involved, we’ve been there in the last few days. hear regularly “.
Wolff also reveals that he managed to find words of comfort for his boyfriend before he flew to London.
“What I told him was that he had to try to enjoy these few hours in which his work and the results of his life would be honored, that he had to try to think about the good times.”
“I think he did. After the honor, we went back to videoconferencing in the afternoon to decide what to do.”
And Mercedes has chosen to withdraw its appeal by accepting the outcome of the 2021 season.
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