Lewis Hamilton's future in F1 remains shrouded in mystery as the seven-time world champion has maintained a silence following last season's controversial Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Max Verstappen emerged with his first title after overtaking Hamilton on the last lap of the campaign, but only after the procedures regarding the safety car were incorrectly applied, according to Mercedes.
With Hamilton believed to be waiting for the FIA's report into the final race of 2021 before deciding whether to continue, GPFans takes a look at how we have reached this stage.
December 12 - Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Hamilton dominates the Abu Dhabi GP until Nicholas Latifi crashes out wth five laps remaining.
FIA race director Michael Masi initially signals no lapped cars can overtake, before reversing his decision with under half a lap to go before the safety car comes in.
Only the cars between Hamilton and Verstappen unlap themselves. Three others do not. F1's sporting regulations further state an extra lap should be completed behind the safety car after all lapped cars unlap themselves.
Hamilton claims 'manipulation' on team radio as Wolff disputes decisions with Masi over FIA-to-team radio.
Mercedes protests the result after Verstappen wins but is unsuccessful so lodges an intent to appeal.
December 15 - FIA announce inquiry into race events
The FIA responds to outcry over the events of the final round, claiming the sport was being "tarnished".
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