Lewis Hamilton raises eyebrows on Instagram as he stays silent over F1 heartache

Lewis Hamilton has unfollowed everybody on his Instagram account as he continues to deal with the heartache of missing out on a record eighth world title in controversial circumstances.

The Brit is one of the most popular sportspeople on the social media platform, boasting an army of more than 26 million followers.

But, for now at least, he has chosen to repay to the favour to zero of them after unfollowing the handful of accounts that he did take an interest in.

It is the second time the 36-year-old has taken such measures, after going on a similar unfollowing spree in 2019. It is not yet known why he has cleared his following list.

Hamilton has generally used his account to give fans a look into his life both on and off the Formula One track, and was a regular poster up until the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

He has not posted since a late safety car was controversially ended by race director Michael Masi so racing could resume for the final lap, and the advantage was handed to Max Verstappen who was on fresher tyres.

Hamilton had led for almost the whole race and looked set to win both the Grand Prix and the title, but that call by Masi changed everything and he and Mercedes boss Toto Wolff were left shocked and furious about what had happened.

Wolff has admitted in the days since the race that both he and Hamilton are feeling "disillusioned" as they feel the rules were broken in a way which took the title away from them.

"We are not disillusioned with the sport — we love the sport with every bone in our body, and we love it because the stopwatch never lies," the Austrian clarified.

"But if we break that fundamental principle of sporting fairness and authenticity of the sport, then suddenly the stopwatch doesn't become relevant anymore because we are exposed to random decision-making, that it is clear you may fall out of love with.

"That you start to question if all the work you have been putting in – all the sweat, tears, and blood – can actually be demonstrated in terms of being the best possible performance on track, because it can be taken away randomly."

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This latest Instagram move will fuel rumours that Hamilton is considering calling time on his trophy-laden F1 career.

He is contracted to spend two more seasons with Mercedes, but that didn't stop Nico Rosberg when he left the sport almost immediately after winning the title for the first and only time in 2016.

And Wolff has stoked those rumours by apparently refusing to rule out the possibility of the Briton's F1 exit.

He was coy when answering a question about Hamilton's future, and said: "I would very much hope that Lewis continues racing – because he is the greatest driver of all times.

"I think as a racer his heart will say he needs to continue."

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