Martin Brundle says Lewis Hamilton ‘come back’ in 2022 as Sky Sports F1 Team discuss Mercedes driver’s future

Sky Sports F1 experts discuss the future of Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes and Michael Massey amid the ongoing Abu Dhabi saga; Watch a special edition of The F1 Show Abu Dhabi: One on Friday first via YouTube or Sky Sports F1 at 6pm

Last update: 14/1/22 11:28 AM

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Sky Sports F1 experts debate whether or not Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes will race under Michael Massey’s watch in 2022.

Sky Sports F1 experts debate whether or not Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes will race under Michael Massey’s watch in 2022.

Lewis Hamilton’s F1 future should not depend on Michael Massey and he will ‘return’ to the grid this year, believes Martin Brandel as Sky Sports F1 experts who discussed the future of the sport’s most successful driver amid the 2022 pre-season turmoil.

Hamilton has not spoken publicly or on social media since leaving the Abu Dhabi circuit more than a month ago, and Mercedes chief Toto Wolff admitted he was “disappointed” in Formula One after losing his title in a controversial fashion.

Sky Sports revealed this week that an FIA investigation into the decision-maker will be key to Hamilton’s future, while there have also been suggestions – denied by Mercedes – that a barter deal has been agreed in relation to race director Massey, who handled the final laps. He was severely criticized.

In a special edition of Show F1 titled Abu Dhabi: A month later, Brandl was asked if Hamilton and Mercedes could consider leaving F1 – but he was adamant in his response.

“Absolutely not, I don’t buy any of these to be honest,” Brandel said.

I’m sure Lewis asked Toto, ‘What are you doing about this? But Formula 1 has been an incredible success for the Mercedes-Benz brand, while Lewis is 37 and we know he drives in his prime, incredibly determined and competitive.

“He will be back.”

Johnny Herbert, Damon Hill and Martin Brandle discuss whether or not Michael Massey can stay in his role as FIA Formula 1 race director.

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Johnny Herbert, Damon Hill and Martin Brandle discuss whether or not Michael Massey can stay in his role as FIA Formula 1 race director.

Johnny Herbert, Damon Hill and Martin Brandle discuss whether or not Michael Massi can stay in his position as FIA Formula 1 race director.

on the program – Which airs live on Sky Sports F1 on YouTube first and the TV channel on Fridays at 6pm – Sky Sports News’ Craig Slater said Mercedes was “not looking at a deal where Lewis or we will race if Massey goes, but I think it’s hard to visualize Hamilton on the grid if Massey is still the race director”.

But Brandl added: “I’m a little uncomfortable with the team and driver starting to decide who does what in Race Control, or any other role in F1 – that’s the tail wagging the dog to a certain extent.

“If I was the president of Formula 1 and my driver came to me and said I didn’t want to race anymore if that guy was still around, I would immediately stop thinking about race control and think my driver lost his motivation, which of course he didn’t.

“Lewis will be back and he will hit the throttle harder than ever before.”

Abu Dhabi will stimulate Mercedes and Hamilton

Mercedes simulator driver Anthony Davidson believes the Abu Dhabi events should provide the ultimate catalyst for the team, who lost the drivers’ title to Max Verstappen but still claimed an eighth consecutive constructors’ title.

“You can feel pretty self-satisfied – but there’s no better way to motivate this team of 1,000 or more than Brackley to come back this year to fight more than ever,” said Davidson, who agreed with Brandel on Hamilton’s future.

“I’m sure it will be [there]”I want to be. Who wouldn’t want to get back in that car this season and go and put things right? Because I’m sure that’s what they want to do – win the right way.”

Sky Sports' Craig Slater understands that the FIA ​​has set aside three weeks to decide on the controversial events of the Abu Dhabi World Grand Prix.

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Sky Sports’ Craig Slater understands that the FIA ​​has set aside three weeks to decide on the controversial events of the Abu Dhabi World Grand Prix.

Sky Sports’ Craig Slater understands that the FIA ​​has set aside three weeks to decide on the controversial events of the Abu Dhabi World Grand Prix.

Damon Hill, the 1996 world champion, knows a thing or two about the controversial title win that Michael Schumacher denied in 1994, and said it was “not at all hard” to come back after such pain.

He said, “I wanted to win a championship. Lewis has already won seven, it’s a little different. He might think I did everything I could.”

“But I’m sure the eighth title is very tempting, I’m sure he’ll want to go back and get it and put all of that to rest.”

What does Mercedes want from the review?

Mercedes has decided not to continue its appeal after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with Ted Kravitz reporting that the team felt they “will not get justice – and Hamilton will be world champion in 2021”.

“Instead, they are left with the FIA’s offer of a commission of inquiry that will look into how and why Massey reached his decisions in Abu Dhabi, and the broader issue of FIA governance throughout the season,” Ted added.

“Mercedes feels 2021 has been a model for some highly questionable governance decisions.”

Craig Slater reports that Lewis Hamilton's return to F1 is hinged on the FIA ​​results regarding the last lap controversy in Abu Dhabi and how the FIA ​​itself should act in the future

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Craig Slater reports that Lewis Hamilton’s return to F1 is hinged on the FIA ​​results regarding the last lap controversy in Abu Dhabi and how the FIA ​​itself should act in the future

Craig Slater reports that Lewis Hamilton’s return to F1 is hinged on the FIA ​​results regarding the last lap controversy in Abu Dhabi and how the FIA ​​itself should act in the future

Kravitz detailed what Mercedes wants the FIA ​​to achieve – with results presented to teams in February and final decisions announced in March -: “It extends to drivers’ standards as well.

“They want to put in some new rules about how we’re going to go racing, whether some strong driving standards will be enforced and regulated, and that we won’t have all the bullshit we had last year.

“They also want the fact that no team manager will be able to speak and influence the race director during the race.

“It’s really something that has to happen very quickly. Nobody can move forward until the FIA ​​really explains the decisions, the rationale and the purpose behind them in Abu Dhabi.”

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