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Hamilton thinks F1 is obligated to address human rights issues in the UAE

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To not stain his F1 achievements, Hamilton wants to always drive clean

Ahead of the maiden Qatar Grand Prix on Sunday, there have been concerns about infringements of human rights in the Middle East, especially regarding the LGBTQ community.

Constantly facing sportswashing accusations from around the globe, the Middle East has created fears of not just oppressing the LGBTQ, but also maltreating women. This called for complaints and awareness from different individuals and groups vouching for the equality of human rights.

In yesterday’s pre-race press conference, Mercedes duo Hamilton and Bottas spoke up about the need to solve human rights issues in most Asian countries. The seven-time world champion challenged F1 to address the topic, terming it their obligation.

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“I do think as these sports go to these places, they (F1) are duty bound to raise awareness for these issues.” Said Hamilton. The 36-year old believes that the media should take action and scrutinize inhumane actions in the UAE. “…these places need scrutiny, need the media to speak,” he stated.

Although he admits the situation cannot take a sudden turn, Hamilton believes speaking up will pressurize the concerned parties into making changes. “It can’t change overnight…that pressure could hopefully create change,” the defending champion said.

Hamilton is often outspoken on various topics, especially racism, LGBTQ rights, and gender-based violence. Apparently, the release of a teenager from prison last year was mostly due to an interview in which Lewis criticized oppression last year.

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Echoing the record-breaking grand prix winner’s words, his fellow drivers called for action against human rights offenders, despite them (racers) admitting that their numbers aren’t significant enough to warrant a change.

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Hamilton and Mercedes give outgoing Bottas an exciting ‘little’ parting gift

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Hamilton and Mercedes give outgoing Bottas an exciting 'little' parting gift
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After replacing retired Nico Rosberg at Mercedes in 2017, Valterri Bottas has had a rather successful five seasons and though he didn’t manage any championship triumph, the Finn has a good number of wins to his name, most of which came in handy for the team.

Before the end of last season though, he was confirmed to race for Alfa Romeo onwards, while 2018 FIA Formula 2 champion, George Russell would leave Williams to form an all-British Mercedes team with seven-time champion, Lewis Hamilton.

Before his departure, his previous family (Mercedes) went all out to give him a parting gift, and their choice isn’t what most of us would have thought.

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While they would have thought of anything else, they went for something that perhaps meant more for both sides, his first Mercedes winning car.

“They had a little surprise when I came to the factory on the last day,” said the 33-year old about the not so ‘little’ surprise. “…my first winning car in 2017,” revealed Bottas on his podcast.

The 2021 championships 2nd runners-up takes a step forward as a leader in his current team from his previous supportive role and Alfa Romeo will be counting on his experience with the current constructors’ champions to improve on their last season’s 9th place.

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Hopefully, having his first win’s car from his former team will push him towards a better performance.

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Will the FIA’s decision on Masi stand well with Mercedes and Hamilton?

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Will the FIA’s decision on Masi stand well with Mercedes and Hamilton?

After a controversial end to the 2021 season that saw Max Verstappen clinch his first F1 title, many have criticized race director Michael Masi for allegedly “snatching” the title from Hamilton and “handing” it over to Verstappen.

Some, if not many, believe that Masi’s decision to restart the race on the last lap was a deliberate move to deny Hamilton the win in a race he had led from lap one. Mercedes were obviously pissed off by the result, which denied their leading driver a possible record eighth championship title.

According to reports, Mercedes wants Masi gone before the 2022 season gets underway, but nothing has been decided yet about the 44-year-old. According to the Daily Mail, some believe that Masi should stay, but others think that if he does, the reputation of F1 will be jeopardized.

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As per reports, Mercedes and F1 held friendly talks over the issue but didn’t reach a unanimous decision. However, the sporting body has allegedly decided that Masi will stay, which will be to Mercedes and Hamilton’s disappointment and anger.

Hamilton hasn’t disclosed whether he will participate in this coming F1 season, and if Michael stays, the chances of the 36-year old’s return to the track might probably be further minimized. “I wouldn’t be shocked if he stopped, so I don’t think anyone should take for granted he’s coming back,” stated Brown, McLaren’s CEO, who urged the sport not to ignore Lewis’ frustration or anger.

With nothing decided for certain, though, everyone, especially the involved parties, can only wait, fingers crossed that what is settled in the end benefits both sides. There’s hope of that happening if the new FIA president is as diligent as Brown described. “…I believe he will be a change agent…,” Brown assured.

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Hamilton thinks rating who is best will be easy if he and Max drove the same car

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Hamilton thinks rating who is best will be easy if he and Max drove the same car

Whether it will be a record eighth title for Hamilton, or a brilliant second for Verstappen, is still unclear, and so is the answer to who is the best driver between the two.

After an exciting and perhaps controversial 2021 season, F1 will usher in an anticipated 2022 as the two leading drivers and current biggest rivals take to their wheels for another title race.

After a brilliant 14-year F1 career and four consecutive titles (2017–2020), one would go for Hamilton, but some think he has the advantage of a better car.

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The comparison goes way back, and in 2019, Lewis thought of the simplest solution to this argument: having Verstappen drive the same car. “I see stories that we have different cars and that’s the only way I beat him, so that would give me the opportunity to show that is not the case.”

Mercedes have dominated F1 for close to ten years, with Red Bull seeming content as runners-up most of that time, but last year saw a different outcome as the latter made it clear they were out to end their rival’s dominance.

The 36-year old’s suggestion is unlikely to take root though, as Verstappen is contracted to RedBull for at least another two seasons, while Mercedes has already signed a new teammate for the 7-time champion.

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That leaves the field open for all to see and judge. Hopefully, they (Hamilton and Verstappen) make the next few seasons where they’ll compete as exciting as they have been, from which everyone will judge who to crown king.

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