Lewis Hamilton's brother has given an update on how the Mercedes driver is doing amid his continued silence.
After losing out on the World Championship to Max Verstappen at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Hamilton has kept a low profile, other than being seen at Windsor Castle just a few days after the race to collect his knighthood.
There have been no posts on social media from the seven-time World Champion, but Nicolas Hamilton says that his brother is doing well and is simply taking some time away.
"I think he is just having a bit of a social media break, which I don't blame him for,' he told his followers on streaming platform Twitch.
"Social media can be a very toxic place. But he's cool though. He's fine."
"He simply lacks words"
Nicolas Hamilton is not the only one to have spoken out on Hamilton's silence recently.
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff - who, along with Hamilton, failed to attend the FIA Prize-Giving Gala following Abu Dhabi - has said that his driver "simply lacks words" after the controversial ending to the 2021 season.
"We are all wavering in emotions, Lewis most of all," Wolff told Motorsport-total.com.
"He was winning the World Championship until the last lap, and then everything is taken away from you from one second [to the next]. Of course you lose faith because you can't understand what has just happened.
"The silence is there, of course, because he simply lacks words as well."
Social media issues
Meanwhile, Hamilton is not alone in having taken a step back from social media.
Nicholas Latifi recently spoke about his decision to delete the apps from his phone due to receiving "hate, abuse and even death threats" after he brought out the Safety Car that changed the outcome of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the title race.
"As soon as the chequered flag dropped, I knew how things were likely to play out on social media," Latifi said in a statement.
"The fact that I felt it would be best if I deleted Instagram and Twitter on my phone for a few days says all we need to know about how cruel the online world can be.
"The ensuing hate, abuse and threats on social media were not really a surprise to me as it's just the stark reality of the world we live in right now."
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