Talk of Lewis Hamilton retiring from Formula One has been filling the headlines since the bitter end to his 2021 season.
Hamilton was well on his way to clinching his eighth world title, before a late safety car period, followed by a last-minute decision by stewards, brought Max Verstappen into his rearview mirrors.
The Dutchman pitted for soft tyres in the hopes of one more lap of racing, while Mercedes were confident that the five lapped cars in between Hamilton and his closest competitor would ensure the win even on old tyres.
Race Director Micheal Masi then announced that the five cars between the pair could overtake the safety car to allow for a final lap shootout, much to the dismay of Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff.
Meanwhile, ex-racer David Coulthard said he has no doubt that Lewis Hamilton will return for next season despite his last-lap disappointment.
Speaking on BBC Radio Five Live, he said: “Hamilton’s commitment is unquestionable.
“He showed why he was a seven-time World Champion. He’s a phenomenon and he’s an incredible sportsperson.
“He’s already committed to another two years. He’s a team person, he’s committed to that team and he will be there next year trying to win an eighth world title.
“I think he’s got inner peace. He will clearly be disappointed, to say the least, but you’ve got to try and imagine putting yourself in his shoes – he’s a great racing driver, he’s won multiple championships and he’s overcome adversity in his racing career.