The new FIA president has no response from Lewis Hamilton despite several attempts to personally contact him. In what can only be described as an incredulous act of non-acceptance, Lewis Hamilton remains in hiding, rudely ignoring communication attempts from all.
Mohammed Ben Sulayem, the new president of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), told journalists at the Dakar that he had tried to contact Lewis Hamilton. The seven-time F1 world champion did not respond to his requests.
Jean Todt’s successor demands to hear the Mercedes driver’s explanation for his absence from the FIA’s end of year gala, which he was obliged to attend as runner-up in the world championship.
“I think he is not 100 per cent ready to respond at the moment.” says the new president, but concedes graciously that he “I understand his position,” he said.
Hamilton and his Mercedes boss Toto Wolff have reached new heights of self-importance, thinking that their pain is above the sport. To be clear, they both believe the British driver was unfairly stripped of the world title after the Abu Dhabi GP on December 12th. Both decided not to travel to Paris two days later to show their displeasure to the world.
Hamilton may be sanctioned and Mohammed Ben Sulayem has suggested that the rules are sacred to him, further, Lewis Hamilton is not above the sport and its rules:
“Hamilton is of course of a different order, but there are also rules and we must respect them. However, I cannot condemn him until I know the exact facts,” said the former rally driver.
Meanwhile, Max Verstappen, now officially world champion, was presented with his trophy at the FIA gala on Thursday evening. The Belgian-Dutchman also spoke at the traditional press conference beforehand.
“The goal of my life has been achieved, and that gives me satisfaction.”
Four days after his triumph in Abu Dhabi, Verstappen spoke again before the start of the FIA (Fédération Internationale du Sport Automobile) Awards, where he received his trophy on Thursday evening.
“Do I still realise that I have become world champion? On Monday I woke up with a big headache. I haven’t been allowed to make any mistakes all year, so a lot of things are slipping my mind now. It’s really a dream that we have achieved this as a team.
“That was my big goal when I came here. But now I need to sleep, it’s really time to take a break.”
“That it all comes down to the last lap of the last race is of course weird,” Verstappen continued. “You can’t write a more beautiful script. It’s great to become world champion. That was my big goal in life. The fact that I achieved it today gives me a lot of satisfaction.
“But it’s not going to change my life, I’ll just be the same guy with the same family and friends,” he added.
Zero sympathies from Max
The audience asked Max Verstappen if he felt sorry for Hamilton. “No, no sympathy, although I understand it’s very painful. But in racing anything can happen until the last moment. He himself once won a world championship in the same way.”
Verstappen easily ignored Mercedes’ protests. “I didn’t worry about it. No one could have ever taken the title away from me, I was sure of that. The light was green, we didn’t do anything wrong.”