Lewis Hamilton has been accused of attempting to force Michael Masi out of Formula One in response to the events at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
There has been radio silence from the seven-time world champion ever since a controversial call from the race director led to Max Verstappen passing Hamilton on the final lap to seal his first title.
Hamilton’s silence has led to suggestions that he could be pondering his future in the sport as he awaits the outcome of the FIA’s investigation into the race – which could see Masi lose his job.
Dutch sportscar driver Jeroen Bleekemolen has reportedly stated that Hamilton’s influence in the sport could lead to changes being made in the sport.
I expect and hope he continues. It’s more fun when he’s there,’ he told Dutch outlet NOS.
‘Lewis is driven and good enough to last a few more years. He also sees that eighth world title.
‘Hamilton is trying to increase the pressure on the FIA motorsport federation and is powerful. I think he wants to get some people out of there, like race director Michael Masi.
Verstappen, on much fresher tyres after pitting behind the safety car, overtook Hamilton on the last lap to seal the title.
Mercedes lodged protests following the race but they were dismissed and Hamilton has hardly been seen in public since. He went to Windsor Castle to collect his knighthood days after the Abu Dhabi race but that is the only time he has been in the spotlight.