Lewis Hamilton's career hangs in the balance after one-hour meeting

Lewis Hamilton’s F1 career hangs in the balance after meeting of F1 and FIA chiefsas Mercedes push for race director Michael Masi’s dismissal following Abu Dhabi farce with Brit staying silent

  • Lewis Hamilton’s future was unresolved on Tuesday during a one-hour meeting
  • The dramatic Abu Dhabi race in December 2021 was discussed in the meeting
  • Conflicting views continued to swirl over the fate of race director Michael Masi
  • ハミルトン, 37, has maintained radio silence since the contentious events in 2021
  • Lewis Hamilton’s future was unresolved on Tuesday night as conflicting views continue to swirl over the fate of race director Michael Masi, the Australian who oversaw the controversial last lap of the 2021 decider.

    The dramatic Abu Dhabi raceand undoubtedly Masi’s survivalwas discussed in a one-hour meeting on Tuesday between Muhammed Ben Sulayem, the new president of motor racing’s governing FIA, the body investigating the furore, and Formula One chief executive Stefano Domenicali.

    Neither side was forthcoming about the wide-ranging talks held at Formula One’s HQ in ロンドン but they are understood to have been friendly and productive.

    Lewis Hamilton¿s future was unresolved on Tuesday during a one-hour meeting at F1's HQ

    Lewis Hamilton’s future was unresolved on Tuesday during a one-hour meeting at F1’s HQ

    The dramatic Abu Dhabi race in December 2021 (上記) was discussed during the meeting

    The dramatic Abu Dhabi race in December 2021 (上記) was discussed during the meeting

    ハミルトン, 37, has maintained radio silence since the contentious events in the Middle East last month, and on Tuesday Mercedes were unable to confirm whether their star driver would be attending the team’s car launch on February 18.

    The Masi question remains central, with some leading figures believing he can stay in post in a revamped structure, with an experienced support team around him. もちろん, it seems certain that heor whoever might take overwill be spared in-race radio bombardment from the pit wall.

    Others feel Masi’s exit is required to save the sport’s reputation.

    The FIA last week issued a timeline for their investigation, saying their findings will be presented to the World Motor Sport Council on March 18, ludicrously just two days before the opening round of the new season in Bahrain.

    There remain conflicting views over the fate of race director Michael Masi (上記)

    There remain conflicting views over the fate of race director Michael Masi (上記)

    The meeting involved Muhammed Ben Sulayem (上記), the new president of the FIA

    The meeting involved Muhammed Ben Sulayem (上記), the new president of the FIA

    Hamilton lost the championship on the last lap of the last race of the season

    Hamilton lost the championship on the last lap of the last race of the season

    もちろん, the main issues needing resolving way before then.

    Zak Brown, chief executive of Hamilton’s former team McLaren, 前記: ‘I wouldn’t be shocked if Lewis stopped, but on balance I think he’ll be back. He’s racer at the top of his game and I doubt he is ready to hang up his helmet.

    ハミルトン, 37, has maintained radio silence since the contentious events in the Middle East last month, and on Tuesday Mercedes were unable to confirm whether their star driver would be attending the team’s car launch on February 18.

    The Masi question remains central, with some leading figures believing he can stay in post within a revamped structure. Others feel Masi’s exit is required to save the sport’s reputation.

    Zak Brown, chief executive of Hamilton’s former team McLaren, 前記: ‘I wouldn’t be shocked if Lewis stopped, but I think he’ll be back. He’s at the top of his game. I doubt he is ready to hang up his helmet.’