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“rogue marshal” criticism – Mercedes respond to Hamilton return as Horner penalty served

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has served his penalty for criticising a “rogue marshal” at the Qatar Grand Prix last year.

Mercedes has reacted to Lewis Hamilton’s social media return after the seven-time world champion broke his near two-month silence following the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Hamilton had been absent from social media since December 11 after posting an image from celebrating his P2 qualifying at Yas Marina.

But on Saturday the Mercedes driver ended his 56-day silence to say simply: “I’ve been gone. Now I’m back!”

In reaction to Hamilton’s social media post, Mercedes shared the image with the caption “I’m back.”

Posting a screengrab of “He is back” trending on social media among the F1 community, the team further added: “That’s right!!”

After the controversial events of last year’s season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff stated that both he and Hamilton were “disillusioned” with the sport.

Speaking in January, Wolff could only offer his “hope” that Hamilton would race again.

Although Hamilton’s social media return is not confirmation of his position on the grid, it appears extremely likely he will be in the Mercedes garage for pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona in two weeks.

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