BBC reports Lewis Hamilton’s 2022 return is not a certainty

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BBC’s Andrew Benson says Lewis Hamilton’s recent activities “should not be interpreted as a confirmation that he will race this year”.

Since announcing his return to social media on Saturday, Lewis Hamilton has posted a video of himself training with his physio and assistant Angela Cullen, and it was later reported that he returned to Mercedes’ Brackley HQ to do a seat fitting and other preparations for the 2022 season.

However, the usually reliable BBC Chief F1 writer Andrew Benson reports this is not a confirmation that the Briton will return to Formula 1 in 2022.

“Hamilton’s movements in recent days show that he is preparing for the F1 season as he would any other – but that should not be interpreted as a confirmation that he will race this year,” Benson wrote.

“The 37-year-old is waiting on the outcome of the inquiry into last season’s final race before making a final decision on his commitment to F1 this year.”

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Benson then described what the next steps of FIA’s investigation are.

“The F1 drivers are due to speak to representatives of the governing body this week to discuss the events of Abu Dhabi and what can be learned from Masi’s mistakes there, as part of the inquiry into the events of the race.

“FIA single-seaters boss Peter Bayer will then discuss the inquiry’s findings with president Mohammed Ben Sulayem before the pair present their recommendations to F1 president Stefano Domencali and the teams at a meeting of the F1 Commission early next week, on Monday 14 February.

“It is expected that Hamilton will not finally decide whether to return to F1 this year until those findings are revealed,” Benson concluded.

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