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Lewis Hamilton says he has been traumatised for life by a toilet cubicle incident at the Belgian Grand Prix.

The reigning world champion just happened to be on live TV with the audio of his team’s radio being broadcast around the world when he revealed his frightening pre-race trip to the can.

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Hamilton was hopping into his Mercedes just minutes before the scheduled start of the race — which was delayed shortly after — on Monday morning when he shared his disgust at somebody dropping a bomb inside his trackside toilet.

The 36-year-old’s scathing attack on Formula 1 officials may be creating more headlines around the world, but it was his pre-race story that really needs to be told.

“I’m glad I went to the toilet. The one I went to, someone had dropped a crazy bomb in there,” he said.

“The worst thing ever. It’s going to haunt me for life.”

That’s right, even a seven-time world champion occasionally gets smacked on the head with a poo bat.

The best part of the saga is that bombgate just happens to coincide with the film crew of Netflix’s Drive to Survive following Mercedes all weekend.

While rumours online suggested the offender was a French cameraman, we may have to wait until the next season of Drive to Survive drops on Netflix to learn the real offender.

Lewis Hamilton’s nerves were fried. Photo by John Thys – Pool/Getty Images.Source: Getty Images

The incident further explains why Hamilton was not in a happy mood after the race when he described the running of the Belgian Grand Prix as a “farce”.

Heavy rain and dangerous conditions delayed the start of the race, with officials issuing a red flag after the drivers completed a formation lap behind the safety car.

Even a delay of almost three hours couldn’t save the Grand Prix and it was eventually completed with drivers completing two laps behind the safety car to allow a result to be recorded.

Hamilton was clearly fuming after the race — which allowed championship rival Max Verstappen to close the gap in the championship standings – and he let it be known on Instagram.

“Money talks. It was only two laps for the race to start — it’s all a money scenario,” said Hamilton.

“So since everyone gets their money back, I think the fans should get theirs too because unfortunately they couldn’t see what they came for and paid for.

Lewis Hamilton with Daniel Ricciardo behind him. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images.Source: Getty Images

“I love racing in the rain, but today was different. You really couldn’t see the car in front of you. There was aquaplaning. It was unfortunately just a disaster on the track. You couldn’t really see five metres in front of you, the car in front was disappearing.”

Hamilton, whose lead over Verstappen in the title race is now just three points, continued his criticism later.

“Today was a farce,” the 36-year-old wrote on Instagram.

“The only people to lose out are the fans. We were sent out for one reason and one reason only.

“We should have just called it quits, not risked the drivers and most importantly refunded the fans who are at the heart of all of our sport.”

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F1 news 2022, Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen, 2021 title, appeal, decision date, new season calendar, full race schedule

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Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton must wait two more months for motorsport chiefs to reveal the results of their inquiry into the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix where the Dutchman clinched the 2021 world title.

Governing body, the FIA, said Thursday that the outcome will not be revealed until March 18, just two days before the 2022 season gets underway in Bahrain.

Hamilton was poised to capture a record-breaking eighth world title at the Abu Dhabi finale in December before a controversial safety car restart allowed Verstappen to pass the British driver on the last lap.

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The incident has led to speculation that a disillusioned 37-year-old Hamilton may be prepared to turn his back on Formula One.

On Thursday, the FIA said that team chiefs as well as representatives of the ruling body will meet on January 19 to discuss the use of the safety car.

Drivers will also be brought into the discussions, it said.

“The outcome of the detailed analysis will be presented to the F1 Commission in February, and final decisions will be announced at the World Motor Sport Council in Bahrain on 18 March,” added the FIA.

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F1 news 2022, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, retirement, quit, latest, new contract, 2022 calendar, season

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Lewis Hamilton’s F1 future still remains unclear with just 69 days to go until the 2022 season begins as the FIA’s investigation into the how the 2021 season ended now thought to be key in his decision making.

The FIA has pledged to investigate the controversial circumstances around the final lap of the 2021 season which saw Max Verstappen pip Hamilton to the world title in Abu Dhabi.

Mercedes withdrew their appeal against the result after the FIA announced they would launch an investigation into the events surrounding the safety car procedures.

Hamilton made a cryptic reference to his future in his post-race interview with former teammate Jenson Button.

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“We gave it everything and never gave up and that’s the most important thing. We’ll see about next year,” he said.

This pledge is now reportedly crucial in whether Hamilton decides to get into a Formula 1 car again, according to Sky Sports, and the delay in its findings are seemingly impacting the delay in the seven-time world champion’s decision.

Sky Sports News’ Craig Slater reported: “With 69 days to go until the first Grand Prix in Bahrain, it is still unclear whether Lewis Hamilton will be on the grid.

“In terms of Hamilton coming back to Formula 1, having the appetite to do so and getting over the ‘disillusionment’ that his team boss Toto Wolff said he felt after Abu Dhabi, the onus is on the FIA to deliver on the pledge they made before Christmas to investigate the happenings on that final lap and to come up with some findings.

“It is understood that Mercedes want to see something tangible. It’s been put to me like this: the longer this drags on then the worse the Lewis Hamilton situation is, and that is from a senior source.”

The 23-race 2022 season begins on March 18 with winter testing for the all-new generation of cars beginning on February 23.

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Newly-elected FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem is yet to hear back from Lewis Hamilton after the Mercedes gun boycotted the end-of-season trophy gala.

The aftermath of the F1’s controversial Abu Dhabi finale is far from over, with Hamilton still not “100 per cent” according to Ben Sulayem.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference at the Dakar Rally, Ben Sulayem was empathetic of Hamilton’s situation.

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He has previously said there will be “no forgiveness” if Hamilton is found to have breached rules in skipping the gala and maintained that stance on Monday.

“I sent him messages,” Ben Sulayem said.

“I think he’s not ready now to be functioning 100 per cent. You don’t blame him. I understand his position, being a driver – of course he’s on a different level.

“But also the rule is there. For me it’s not particular, a driver or a certain team. It is in general, there are rules that we have to respect, and the integrity of the FIA, we have to respect. And I cannot judge anyone unless I get the correct facts.

“I feel that, of course, not being present at the gala dinner, it’s something that the team and Lewis knew about it. But at the end of the day, you are human also. The stress and the pressure has been there.”

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Hamilton’s silence has also extended to questions about whether he will race on next year, with Mercedes boss Toto Wolff saying the Brit will never get over the Abu Dhabi heartbreak.

Ben Sulayem responded to queries about Hamilton’s future with a question of his own.

“I’ll ask your question: did Lewis declare that he’s not going to race?” he said.

“No. Exactly. Being a driver, you declare yourself, you don’t let the rumours [talk].

“I’m confident that Lewis [will be back]. Lewis is a big part of motorsport, and of course of Formula 1, the new era [can add to] Lewis’ wins and achievements, and also Verstappen is there.”

While Hamilton looks set to return, it does not mean the F1 cannot ignore what happened at Abu Dhabi.

The FIA, its governing body, is investigating the decisions made by race director Michael Masi in light of the Nicholas Latifi crash, centred around the deployment of the safety car.

Ben Sulayem said the FIA’s focus is on introducing “proactive” measures instead of always being “reactive’ to such issues.

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“I am going to study the case of what happened in Abu Dhabi, and a decision will be taken how to go forward without any pressure from anyone,” Ben Sulayem said.

“The integrity of the FIA, it is my job and duty to protect it, but it doesn’t mean that we do not look into our regulations, and if there is any [need for] improvement, we will [make changes].

“I said in my first press conference, this is not the book of God. This is written by humans. It can be improved and changed by humans. So that’s it.”

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