Lewis Hamilton has ended his silence following the controversial conclusion to the 2021 F1 season, declaring that he is "back".
Hamilton lost out on what would have been a record-breaking eighth world title at last year's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix following a controversial late Safety Car period, which enabled Max Verstappen to leapfrog him on the final lap.
Hamilton's only interview up to this point had been a short exchange immediately after the race in parc ferme, with his sole public appearance coming a few days later when he received his knighthood in the UK.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said that he and Hamilton had been left "disillusioned" by the events, with both skipping the end-of-year FIA's Prize-Giving Gala, where the championship trophies were officially handed out.
As the FIA continue to analyse the race, and prepare a report that will be released on the eve of the new F1 campaign, Hamilton finally broke his silence – some two months on from the title decider on 12 December.
"I've been gone. Now I'm back!" Hamilton stated in his much-awaited post on Saturday, which included a photo of himself smiling at the Grand Canyon.
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