Ever since the highly controversial season finale in Abu Dhabi when an eighth World Championship title slipped away from what looked like a very firm grasp,
Hamilton has remained completely silent on all matters – but has made two public appearances since when receiving his knighthood and returning to Mercedes base to say goodbye to his now former team-mate Valtteri Bottas.
At the FIA, there has been a changing of the guard with Ben Sulayem replacing Jean Todt following his maximum third four-year term and one of Ben Sulayem’s first acts has been to get in touch with the seven-time World Champion.
“I’ve sent him messages,” Ben Sulayem said as the 2022 Dakar Rally began in Jeddah.
“But there are also rules. As you read in the press, the new president is going to sanction; of course they [the media] spice things up a lot with what is important for others.
“And I can’t judge anyone until I know the exact facts. “In fact, my first objective is to go through the whole Abu Dhabi file.
Ben Sulayem is confident that all parties can move on from the events from Abu Dhabi and help set a better example in future.
He continued: “Personally, I’m convinced that everything will work out. You can’t think about the past. There are many things to think about. We are the ones who embody the future.”