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Lewis Hamilton: Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg expect Mercedes driver to race on into F1 2022

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Lewis Hamilton has been advised by the duo of Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg on the need to race in F1 2022 calendar year and get his crown back from Max Verstappen.

Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg believe Lewis Hamilton will feel he has unfinished business in Formula 1 and the pair would be surprised if he walked away from the sport; new FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem also set to investigate Hamilton’s decision not to attend FIA prize-giving gala.

Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg expect Lewis Hamilton to return to the sport in 2022 to try and reclaim the world crown from Max Verstappen.

Both former world champions spent part of their respective careers as team-mate to Hamilton, Button for three years at McLaren and Rosberg for four seasons at Mercedes.

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Uncertainty was cast on Hamilton’s future by Toto Wolff on Thursday after the Mercedes chief admitted that both he and the seven-time world champion currently felt “disillusioned” about the controversial events of last Sunday which ended with Verstappen claiming the world title on the final lap.

“Anything is possible as we all know in sport. We are very emotional characters and tensions run high,” said 2009 champion Button to Sky Sports News on Hamilton’s future.

“Personally – I don’t know Lewis that well now, I knew him seven or eight years ago – but I wouldn’t see him walking away, especially as he’s just lost the world championship, I think he will come back fighting next year and we’ll be back on, game on in March.”

Rosberg, the 2016 champion, said: “It was heartbreaking for him, absolutely, because up until four laps from the end he was almost certain to be world champion.

“Then with this change of procedure or whatever you want to call it, suddenly he lost the world championship. So it was tough, it was extremely tough.

“But of course I do count on him being back on the grid next year and fighting to get back that world championship that kind of got taken away from him in a way.”

Hamilton is contracted to Mercedes until the end of the 2023 season, having signed a new two-year deal in the summer.

Asked if he was hoping to see Hamilton and Max Verstappen renew rivalries in 2022, Rosberg added: “We really hope. Of course I’m not the guy to be saying that because I also disappeared into the distance after I won a title so it really wouldn’t be fair to say that, but I do hope that Lewis and Max will go at it again next year.

“It was just so amazing, those two guys. Lewis used to be, or is, the best wheel-to-wheel racer and here comes Verstappen who is really taking it to him in wheel-to-wheel racing and sometimes even being better than him.

“It’s incredible to see their skill and to watch them go at it. They’re like on their own planet, they are well beyond everybody else. So I do hope we see it again next year. But there are completely new regulations next year so there could be another team in the mix as well. So I think we’re in for another great season next year.”

Button and Rosberg were speaking in Dorset ahead of the season-ending Extreme E event this weekend, where the latter’s team will go up against Hamilton’s for the inaugural title in the climate-aware series.

Hamilton has not spoken publicly since his immediate post-race interview with Button after Sunday’s race.

He has, however, attended Windsor Castle this week to be knighted, while Mercedes posted images of the seven-time champion attending events at their Northamptonshire bases alongside Wolff and Valtteri Bottas on Friday where they celebrated the team’s record-extending eighth successive constructors’ title.

But neither Hamilton nor Wolff went to Thursday night’s FIA prize-giving gala in Paris. The top three drivers in the championship are required to attend according to the Sporting Regulations.

Newly-elected FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem was asked on Friday about Hamilton’s non-appearance and, while expressing sympathy for how the Briton was feeling in the wake of Sunday, was also quoted by PA Media as saying: “If there is any breach, there is no forgiveness on this.”

But also saying rules could always be improved, he added: “Forgiveness is always there but rules are rules.

“They are there to be improved but we have to look if there is any breach. It doesn’t stop us from making a champion feel good about the sport.”

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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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