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Lewis Hamilton ‘talked about retirement’ in tense meeting with Toto Wolff

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LEWIS HAMILTON discussed his retirement in tense talks with Toto Wolff before the Formula 1 legend signed a new contract with Mercedes.

Lewis Hamilton has had a rollercoaster week, getting knighted on Tuesday after his heartbreaking title defeat in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last Sunday.

On the verge of an eighth world title, Hamilton was denied on the last lap as a safety car presented Max Verstappen with the chance to put on fresh tyres and secure his first Drivers’ Championship.

Mercedes were livid with a decision from race director Michael Masi, who allowed some lapped cars to overtake the safety car, making the last lap much easier for the Red Bull driver.

Mercedes’ protests were dismissed by the FIA, and the team announced this week they would not be taking the case further despite lodging an initial intent to appeal.

Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff threw Hamilton’s career into doubt this week, hinting the Formula 1 icon could retire.

He said: “I would very much hope Lewis continues racing because he is the greatest driver of all time.

As a racer his heart will say I need to continue because he’s at the peak of his game.

“But we have to overcome the pain that was caused upon him on Sunday. He is a man with clear values.”

As ESPN reported in July this year, this isn’t the first time Wolff has hinted that Hamilton could retire soon.

The Austrian admitted earlier this year that he discussed Hamilton’s retirement with the Briton before they signed the latest contract.

He said: “I think he knows pretty well how he feels about racing. That passion burns strongly.

“In a way the tough championship has ignited even more fun with us to fight, and next year looks really exciting.

“We talked about retirement and it’s always really important to have that flirt with retirement, but equally be in control of your own destiny.

“I think at this stage there is so much passion for the sport that I can see him going for a while.”

Wolff said the financial aspect of the contract was relatively straightforward and most of the focus in the talks was based around how to develop a joint charitable foundation between Hamilton and Mercedes aimed at supporting greater diversity and inclusion in motorsport.

He continued: “There were no sticking points [in the negotiations]. Because of our discussions in the winter we knew what was important for Lewis, Lewis knows what our boundaries are.

“There were no difficult decisions around money or terms, it was more around what were the joint activities that we want to deploy, continue our foundation work, and carve that out in the right way.”

The new Formula 1 world champion, Verstappen, commented on speculation surrounding Hamilton’s future this week.

He said: “Of course, I can understand that the first few days, after a race like that, you’re not happy.

“You should also understand this is racing and these things can happen to you.

“I think he should just look back at what he has achieved, and that should give him a lot of comfort and that drive to keep on going.

“He is still trying to challenge for that eighth title, and he can do that again next year, so I don’t see any reason why to give up or stop now.”

However, many figures in Formula 1 are confident Hamilton will be back next season more fired up than ever.

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Lewis Hamilton Was Given Surprising Advice For F1 Career: ‘Should Go To Red Bull!’

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LEWIS HAMILTON was given surprising career advice as Eddie Jordan suggested the Briton should join Red Bull.

Lewis Hamilton will return to Formula 1 next season despite his anger over last season’s final race, Martin Brundle has said. The Mercedes man is said to be still furious with the FIA after a controversial decision from race director Michael Masi helped Max Verstappen win his first world title on the last lap. In a special edition of The F1 Show titled Abu Dhabi: One Month On, Brundle was asked whether Hamilton and Mercedes could consider leaving F1 ‒ but was adamant in his response.

He said: “Absolutely not, I don’t buy any of it to be honest.

“I’m sure Toto has been asked by Lewis, ‘what are you doing about this?’ But Formula 1 is fantastically successful for the Mercedes-Benz brand, while Lewis is 37 years old and we know he’s driving at his peak, incredibly determined and competitive.

“He’ll be back.”

While Hamilton has enjoyed dominance at Mercedes since 2014, this hasn’t stopped speculation around his future.

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In 2020, Eddie Jordan suggested Hamilton should make the move to Red Bull.

He said: “I personally believe Lewis should go to Red Bull and not to Ferrari.”

When asked in 2020 about the prospect of Hamilton joining Red Bull, Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said “never say never”.

He added: “Never say never. I’ve seen crazier things in my life.

“But I don’t see why Lewis would do that.

“He has a very strong personal bond with the Mercedes brand and the team that he helped to create.

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“At the moment we are giving him the best car and we have mutual trust in each other. We still have successful times ahead of us.

“I do not believe such a move for him would be rationally understandable.”

The Mercedes boss has also commented on Hamilton’s future this weekend, saying it would be a “disgrace” if the seven-time world champion didn’t continue in Formula 1.

Wolff told Kronen Zeitung: “I really hope we see him again. It would be a disgrace for the whole of F1 if the best driver decided to retire because of outrageous decisions.”

He added: “No matter what obstacle has been thrown at him, he has known all his life that he has to [do] his talking on the track.

“But it is incredibly difficult for him, until he has found a way between understanding what is right and what is wrong. That just takes time.”

The FIA’s investigation findings are set to be released just two days before the first race of the 2022 season, meaning the furore around last season’s finale is likely to remain a hot topic going into Bahrain.

On the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Wolff added: “That will never be forgotten. Because what happened to Lewis was just wrong.

“He was unbeatable that day, until race control blew its fuses. They committed three violations of the rules. That’s just hard to understand.

“It will always follow us ‒ although Max Verstappen was a worthy world champion over the season. But that day, one was better than the other ‒ and they didn’t win.”

Despite the fortune that came Verstappen’s way, he has received many plaudits for his performances last season.

The Dutchman was praised this week by his former teammate Alex Albon, who lauded Verstappen’s mental strength.

He told motorsport-total.com: “More than anything, I was surprised by his ability not to worry.

“Mentally he’s incredible. He just drives the car and doesn’t think about the consequences or anything else that’s going on. That inspired me.

“If [Max] finished behind Lewis, he would say ‘okay, it doesn’t matter’. If he led a race or won a race, it was also ‘okay, whatever’.

“I admire that because it’s not easy to be in the limelight as much as he is.”

 

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Lewis Hamilton: CNN Sends Birthday Message To The ‘Greatest F1 Driver Ever’

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Lewis Hamilton: CNN Has Sent Birthday Message To the ‘Greatest Car Racer Ever’.

 

Congratulations is in order for Sir Lewis Hamilton as he adds a year today. And as birthday wishes pour in from all over the world for the ‘best F1 driver of all time, CityNews Nigeria(CNN) has joined in the celebration by saying ‘ Happy Birthday Sir Lewis Hamilton,We Love You,Continue To Shine….Ahoy Brother.

 

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AFCON 2021: ‘I see terrorists bombing stadium in Cameroon’ – Prophet

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Prophet Nigel Gaisie of the True Word Fire Prophetic Ministries has warned of a terrorist attack during the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, in Cameroon.

Gaisie disclosed that he foresaw terrorists detonating explosives in a stadium during the AFCON tournament.

Addressing his members, the Ghanaian-based prophet urged participating countries to be prayerful in averting disaster during the tournament in Cameroon.

According to Prophet Gaisie: “This is an international prophecy. The Lord carried my spirit into a place like Cameroon concerning the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

“I saw something like players standing on a stretcher and they were in pain as some of them were crying.

“Let the nation Cameroon pray and any other qualified team also do same because I’m seeing something like a terrorist attack and explosive attacks.

“I’m seeing that something happened at the stadium and the whole place was in disorder and people died.”

DAILY POST recalls that the Ghanaian government had cautioned pastors against issuing prophecies that would cause panic and fear.

The 2021 AFCON being hosted in Cameroon will commence on Sunday, January 9, 2022.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Super Eagles had arrived in Cameroon ahead of the commencement of the tournament.

Super Eagles of Nigeria had arrived in Garoua, Cameroon on Thursday.

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