Toto Wolff comments on Lewis Hamilton’s ‘media blackout’

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Lewis Hamilton has not made any public statements since the controversial ending of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff gives his comments.

Ever since Lewis Hamilton lost the 2021 title in controversial circumstances that saw race director Michael Masi not adhere to the rules, he has not made any public statements.

Lewis has also not posted anything on his social media accounts and he unfollowed everyone on Instagram.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff was asked to comment on the Briton’s silence.

“We are all wavering in emotions and Lewis most of all,” the Austrian was quoted by

“He won the World Championship until the last lap, and then everything is taken away from you from one second [to the next].

“Of course you lose faith because you can’t understand what has just happened. The silence is there, of course, because he simply lacks words as well.”

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Wolff also explained how the team decided not to appeal the FIA’s Abu Dhabi decisions, together with Hamilton.

“Lewis was in the office with me and everyone else involved, and we were also in constant contact over those days.”

Mercedes was silent until Thursday, but Wolff explains he gave Lewis some advice before he received his knighthood on Wednesday.

“In the afternoon, we were back in video calls to decide what to do. What I told him before [receiving the knighthood] was that he should take those few hours paying homage to his life’s work so far and his performances. That he should try to take those positive moments with him.

“I think that’s what he did. You could see that too, how honourable that was for him,” Mercedes’ team boss concluded.

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