Lewis Hamilton has revealed that he contemplated retiring following the controversial ending to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 2021, which ultimately denied him his eighth world championship.
The 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix stands out as one of the most notorious and controversial events in Formula 1 history. Hamilton was on-track to secure another drivers' championship when race director Michael Masi incorrectly applied Safety Car rules, impacting the final race result.
Masi's decision to permit one final lap of racing enabled Max Verstappen to overtake the British driver. After a strategic pit stop for fresher soft tyres, Verstappen secured his first-ever drivers' championship.
Hamilton has now revealed that he had thoughts of retirement immediately after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 2021. However, after careful consideration, he ultimately opted to continue with Mercedes.
“There was so much going through my mind during that period in time. But I think one of the worst things you can do is make decisions based on emotions, because when you are emotional and in the heat of that moment, more often than not, you’re not going to make the best decisions.
“Emotions were high, it was a really, really difficult period of time, so I had to just wait until things calmed down, and that I was clear in my thought, and I was able to then make the right decisions.”
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