Eight-time world rally champion Sebastien Ogier says Lewis Hamilton lost his Formula 1 crown in 2021.
For now, the world of motorsport is in the dark amid speculation that the 37-year-old Mercedes-Hamilton could suddenly quit the sport to protest how the 2021 championship ended in heated controversy. Hamilton hasn’t posted anything on his social media accounts since December 11 – the day before the F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
“I think he will come back,” Frenchman Ogier, the reigning world rally champion, told European media outlet RMC.
“He’s in a very competitive environment with the best team at the moment. It must have been a very difficult situation for him,” said Ogier, referring to the waning moments of the F1 finale in Abu Dhabi.
“He really felt robbed. And he was robbed, let’s not shy away from that,” Ogier added, explaining that Hamilton did everything he could have done to get Max Verstappen home. “Although I have a lot of respect for Max and he had a great season, Lewis dominated the race last weekend and was in front right to the end.
“Unfortunately for him, the famous safety car was only a few laps from the finish. So, whether it was one or the other, they’re both big champions, but if you just look at this weekend, it was stealing.
“And that’s very difficult for Hamilton to swallow,” said Ogier, 38.
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