Lewis Hamilton suffered a devastating loss at the Abu Dhabi GP, as he lost the championship to Max Verstappen on the final lap of the race. He was leading the race, 11 seconds clear of Max Verstappen when the safety car was deployed.
While Max Verstappen came into the pits for a fresh set of tyres, Hamilton decided to keep track position. Michael Masi, the race director’s decision to allow lapped cars between the two contenders unlap themselves, unleashed the Dutchman. Hence, the result was predictable, as Max Verstappen surpassed Lewis Hamilton at Turn 5 to win the race.
There have been talks of Lewis Hamilton retiring from F1, and ending his bid for a record eighth title after the unfair decision by FIA. However, there is no word from Lewis Hamilton’s side on the same topic. Former F1 legend and multiple time champion, Alain Prost has given his two cents on the topic, and believes Hamilton could hang up his helmet soon.
Alain Prost sympathizes with Lewis Hamilton
Alain Prost suggested that it was difficult to be in Lewis Hamilton’s shoes at the moment, and the range of emotions he must be going through. Being a seven-time champion, Hamilton has achieved almost everything in the sport, which means that the motivation to stop is as much as the motivation to keep fighting.
“It’s hard to put yourself in his shoes. He surely has as many reasons to stop as to continue. It’s 50-50. He’s taken a big blow to the head, but it would be really sad if he wasn’t here next season,” Prost said.
However, Prost believes that Lewis Hamilton will continue in Formula One because of the new regulations in force from 2022. He will want to prove himself before bowing out with an eighth championship title.
“I want to stay optimistic because there is this eighth title to go and this new technical regulation, with maybe three teams at the top and four or five drivers vying for the title. That’s a challenge Hamilton might want to take on,” he added.