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F1 Drivers / Re: Will he stay or will he go?
« Last post by Jericoke on January 13, 2022, 07:50:09 PM »
Well if he's blackmailing the FIA to get Masi & Tombazis sacked, which is what everyone is implying in the media right now, then the sooner the new President of FIA confrms they're staying - to thwart any cheap hood tactics by Merc & Lewis - the better I say.  >:(

If Lewis then chooses to walk away we'll all know him for a whinger who chooses to run home with his ball when the boys in the park decide it was harsh, but no foul.

Be nice if he's on the grid this season, but make no mistake F1 will keep rollin on without him.

Think you can guess which way I voted.  ;)

I'm not sure that Lewis's ultimate decision is tied to the fate of Masi/FIA... although if you were to have asked him last month, I'm sure he felt that way.  He's got time to cool off and reflect. 

The FIA SHOULD consider the opinions of their star drivers, however.  Honestly, they should consider the opinions of all drivers, but like most sports, it's driven by stars, and you want your stars happy (within reason).  If Lewis thinks the sport is unfair, it would be wrong of the FIA to dismiss his concern out of hand.  Even if the FIA is 100% right, they should still take the time to explain to Hamilton exactly what happened, and why they would do it again.  THEN Lewis can be on board/quit as he sees fit.

I do know that the FIA has reached out to Lewis, and they say they haven't heard back.  So it sounds like there is no ultimatum (from Hamilton directly anyway).  All the same, as important as I feel it is for the FIA to listen to Hamilton... Hamilton has to make the effort here too.

it is 100% true that the sport will continue without Hamilton, but if the pipeline of future stars see that the sport can be 'rigged' (I'm avoiding taking a stance for the purposes of this reply), they may find other series that could be buoyed by having the best drivers.
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F1 Drivers / Re: Will he stay or will he go?
« Last post by Dare on January 13, 2022, 05:12:49 PM »
I think he'll be back because his ego insists on it. For the poll I really don't care. People used to get tired of the Yankees winning all the time
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F1 Drivers / Re: Will he stay or will he go?
« Last post by John S on January 13, 2022, 03:52:52 PM »
Well if he's blackmailing the FIA to get Masi & Tombazis sacked, which is what everyone is implying in the media right now, then the sooner the new President of FIA confrms they're staying - to thwart any cheap hood tactics by Merc & Lewis - the better I say.  >:(

If Lewis then chooses to walk away we'll all know him for a whinger who chooses to run home with his ball when the boys in the park decide it was harsh, but no foul.

Be nice if he's on the grid this season, but make no mistake F1 will keep rollin on without him.

Think you can guess which way I voted.  ;)
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F1 Drivers / Re: Will he stay or will he go?
« Last post by Jericoke on January 13, 2022, 01:12:48 PM »
This isn't the first time that Lewis has taken some time to decide.  We know from Nico Rosberg that Lewis puts everything he has into a season, which is exhausting at the best of times, but if Hamilton was still suffering from long Covid, having his closest fight in years, and then losing in a very disappointing way, it's a lot.  Of course he needs time to decide. 

Luckily I feel like even Lewis knows that he needs time to refind his love of racing over the winter break.

I'm sure that Toto is one under the most stress; he needs to have a solid plan B in place that doesn't leak to the public.
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F1 Drivers / Re: Will he stay or will he go?
« Last post by Dare on January 13, 2022, 12:43:18 AM »
If LH and Max would both leave we'd have a
better season for the fans.
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F1 Drivers / Re: Will he stay or will he go?
« Last post by lkjohnson1950 on January 12, 2022, 10:23:37 PM »
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F1 Drivers / Will he stay or will he go?
« Last post by Andy B on January 12, 2022, 09:09:46 PM »
With the closed season being well closed the main talking point is will LH be on his bike?
I think we'll see him back but no announcement till after the FIA come up with an excuse for the Abu Dhabi fiasco.
What do you think?
Vote now.
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General F1 Discussion / Re: 2022
« Last post by rmassart on January 12, 2022, 12:34:48 PM »
IMHO Lewis will be on the grid at the first race, he's got too much unfinished business & hurt pride not to be there. If not he may forever be known as the champion who shied away when the going got tough.

My understanding from last season is that Mercedes basically stopped developing their car back in May in order to focus on the 2022 car.  I am not sure Red Bull did likewise. So barring a maverick development amongst the other teams I have a hunch that maybe Mercedes will wipe the floor with the other teams.  They will be on fire with a take no prisoners attitude that's for sure.

I also hope the race director (whether Masi or not) will be up for the challenge. I don't see Lewis ever again yielding to Max to avoid a crash so I see many more incidents between the two.
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General F1 Discussion / Re: 2022
« Last post by John S on January 12, 2022, 11:45:42 AM »
Or... if you want a crazy prediction:  Hamilton does NOT re-sign with Mercedes, taking a 'year off' from F1, and halfway through the season decides he wants back in.  He would join RBR going head to head with Max in identical machinery, but without challenging Max directly for WDC.

The BBC says he's not yet sure to return: https://www.bbc.com/sport/formula1/59951382

So my prediction is Hamilton calls it a day - in his heart he knows he's an 8 times world champion. Mercedes buy Alonso out of his contract with the money they save on Hamilton's salary and Alonso becomes the oldest world champion in the "modern era".

To me this is just so much eyewash. Lewis and Merc are trying to keep as much pressure as posible on the FIA to get the result they want over changes to either the race director or the rules around what can, & especially what can't be done, during and at end of races.

If Todt was still in post they'd know it would be an uphill battle, but the new president is an unknown quantity and they are trying to put as much pressure on him as possible. My read is they may find the new man a stronger match than Todt, the new boy will want to stamp his authourity at the Place de la Concord.

Anyway Lewis can't re-sign he's already contracted for 2022, he can however resign/give up his seat a la Rosberg.   

IMHO Lewis will be on the grid at the first race, he's got too much unfinished business & hurt pride not to be there. If not he may forever be known as the champion who shied away when the going got tough. 
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General F1 Discussion / Re: 2022
« Last post by rmassart on January 12, 2022, 09:35:21 AM »
Or... if you want a crazy prediction:  Hamilton does NOT re-sign with Mercedes, taking a 'year off' from F1, and halfway through the season decides he wants back in.  He would join RBR going head to head with Max in identical machinery, but without challenging Max directly for WDC.

The BBC says he's not yet sure to return: https://www.bbc.com/sport/formula1/59951382

So my prediction is Hamilton calls it a day - in his heart he knows he's an 8 times world champion. Mercedes buy Alonso out of his contract with the money they save on Hamilton's salary and Alonso becomes the oldest world champion in the "modern era".
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