Lewis Hamilton reacts to fans’ bid to award him 2021 title

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Lewis Hamilton has suggested he has not given much thought to be awarded the 2021 championship despite fans’ demands. The seven-time champion was denied the crown last season after losing out to Max Verstappen at the season finale.

Social media users have passionately called on the FIA to reinstate Hamiton as champion after Red Bull were found guilty of breaching F1’s budget cap rules. Hamilton refused to admit he had given the topic of being awarded the title any real thought.

Instead, the Mercedes star has vowed to “look forwards” to try and win another championship despite the team’s struggled this season. However, Hamilton did not condemn his fans for making the claims, instead praising his followers for their continued support

Speaking in the press conference, Hamilton said: “Well, firstly, I love my fans. I love how passionate they are. So, I’ve not been really… I’ve heard the things that have been said.

“I’m generally looking forwards. I’m looking at how I can win another Championship. I’m not… I have my own opinions of what we did as a team and how we did it last year. And I’m really proud of that.

“And, belief in what we earned. It doesn’t really change a huge amount.” Red Bull were found guilty of breaching f1’s struct budget cap allowance last season and are expected to be hit with a penalty.

Details of what this punishment could look like are yet to be announced by FIA officials. Red Bull’s transgression was lower than the five per cent threshold meaning it is only considered a minor issue.

This means it is unlikely the FIA will hand out any points deductions which would see Max Verstappen lose his crown.

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But rival teams are understood to be pushing for a hefty settlement to act as a deterrent against other rule breakers. Sky Sports host Ted Kravitz has suggested this could come in the form of a triple punishment including Red Bull being thrown out of this season’s constructors standings.

This would be issued alongside the removal of prize money and being sent to the back of the pit lane order for 2023. Hamilton has also called for the FIA to intervene, warning that all teams could break the cap next year if the rules were considered to be quite relaxed.

He added: “I do think that sport needs to do something about this in the future otherwise, if it’s quite relaxed… if they relax with these rules, then all the teams would just go over, spending millions more and then only having a slap on the wrist, is obviously not going be great for the sport. They might as well not have a cost cap in the future. So, yeah… that’s all I’ve got to say.”

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