Lewis Hamilton will not like new FIA rule with Max Verstappen given more freedom


IT seems new ruling by the FIA will suit the aggressive style of Max Verstappen as he looks to defend his maiden world championship in 2022.

Lewis Hamilton will be less than impressed with a new FIA ruling that will ultimately fit the driving style of title rival Max Verstappen, and give the Dutchman much more freedom.

The FIA have announced for the 2022 campaign that drivers will now receive a 10-place grid penalty after five reprimands, which has gone up from the previous ruling of three.

As a result, drivers were usually only allowed three warnings out on the track before being slapped with a grid penalty, however the changes gives drivers much more freedom in 2022.
The change could well have come after not one driver received over two reprimands across the 22-race campaign in 2021.

And whilst the law change is of course the same for all Formula 1 drivers, one man who may be less than impressed is seven-time world champion Hamilton.

As a result the Englishman heads into 2022 on the back of losing his world title (in controversial circumstances) to Max Verstappen last term.

And to win it back and secure a record eighth championship, Hamilton will no doubt have to battle with his Dutch rival once more.

However, the reprimand change could well benefit Verstappen more than the seven-time world champ, as the 24-year-old is known for his aggressive style of racing.
Therefore, if the Dutchman now has five chances to push the rules with his aggression rather than three, it will no doubt give him much more freedom out on the track.

Whether he likes the rule change or not, it is still unknown as to whether Hamilton will even be competing on the track come the season opener in Bahrain as rumours surrounding his potential retirement continue.

This comes after the Englishman was left ‘disillusioned’ with the sport according to his boss Toto Wolff, following his heartbreak at last season’s finale in Abu Dhabi after Verstappen took advantage of some contentious officiating from race director Michael Masi.
Following the controversy in the Middle East, the FIA revealed that they were conducting a full inquiry into the dramatic finish, with Hamilton said to be waiting on the results before deciding his future according to the BBC.

In a recent statement regarding the inquiry, the FIA wrote: “At this stage no decision has been taken on the outcome of the detailed analysis currently underway into the events of the last Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

“As previously announced, the findings of this detailed analysis will be presented at the F1 commission meeting in London on 14th February after an open discussion with all the F1 drivers.
“And then finally have to be approved at the World Motor Sport Council meeting on 18th March in Bahrain, under the authority of FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem.”

Ben Sulayem himself shed some light on Hamilton’s situation, admitting that the Englishman is still not ready to make a decision.

He said: “I don’t think he’s [Hamilton] 100% ready to respond right now. We don’t blame him. I understand his position.”


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