Almost having a record-breaking title and having it slip through his fingers, Lewis Hamilton was undoubtedly disappointed and hurt.
His silence ever since has led literally the whole world to speculate whether he was too hurt to ever race again, and many think it highly possible.
Reportedly, the 7-time champion will decide his future after the FIA gives its verdict on the controversial Abu Dhabi race, and for the past few weeks, the 37-year old’s future in F1 has remained blurry.
Red Bull advisor, Helmut Marko, however, believes that Mercedes’ current silence and composure is a clear sign that they’re not worried, meaning the Briton will most probably still line up when the season commences.
According to the 78-year old Austrian, the Silver Arrows side wouldn’t be as unperturbed if there was the tiniest probability of them losing their leading driver. “Normally, there would be unrest…But there was nothing…Neither here nor anywhere else.
Elsewhere, Hamilton ‘proved’ he is still linked to Mercedes, and perhaps racing as a whole when he made the first post since his title loss by using the team’s official Twitter account to wish his followers a Happy Chinese New Year.
With Mercedes and Hamilton still tight-lipped about the latter’s decision on retirement, it remains unknown whether Helmut hit the nail on its head, or if they are waiting until the opportune time to announce contrary news.