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Lewis Hamilton 'waiting on Formula 1 inquiry results before making race decision'

Lewis Hamilton is said to be waiting until the results of an inquiry into the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix before deciding if he will race in Formula 1 again.

The 37-year-old driver – who lost the world championship to Max Verstappen in the controversial race in December – is to be waiting to make a decision over his future until the FIA inquiry into what happened at the Yas Marina Circuit are complete, according to BBC Sport.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has said Hamilton is "disillusioned" with F1.

Race director Michael Masi's actions during the late safety-car period have come into question.

The safety car rules in F1 state: “No driver may overtake another car on the track, including the safety car, until he passes the Line for the first time after the safety car has returned to the pits.”

However, Verstappen won after he had overtaken Hamilton on the final lap to win his first title.

Despite starting behind his Dutch racing rival, Hamilton was ahead and kept up the pace for the 57th of the 58th lap.

However, as Nicholas Latifi had crashed on the 53rd lap it meant that a safety car was introduced, which allowed Verstappen to catch up.

New F1 president Mohammed Ben Sulayem had attempted to reach out to the Mercedes driver following the controversy.

He said: “I don't think he's 100 per cent ready to respond right now. We don't blame him. I understand his position.”

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