Lewis Hamilton has updated fans on what he’s been doing since he took some time out following his heartbreaking defeat in Abu Dhabi, and it’s possibly the most wholesome thing we’ve ever seen?
The Formula One champion had been absent from social media since December 2021 after deciding to take time away from the spotlight following his crushing defeat to Max Verstappen.
In a new post on his Instagram account featuring five photographs that are literally the heart-eyed emoji incarnate, Sir Lewis, 37, has updated his fans on what he’s been up in that time, and it’s ‘good vibes only’.
In one pic, he can be seen smiling widely with a piece of cake, in another he plays Monopoly with his mates, and in a third he rides the waves while windsurfing.
Many fans were quick to comment on the post, that he captioned: ‘What I’ve been up to since I’ve been away — part two’
One fan commented: ‘Happiness 🙌’
Another added: ‘Love it💜 Good Vibes only💜’
A third said: ‘I love to see that smile😍💜’
In December 2021, Sir Lewis, 36, lost the world title to Red Bull Dutch driver Max, 24, in controversial fashion when the Dutchman overtook him on the last lap of the season finale in Abu Dhabi.
In a much-disputed move, FIA race director Michael Masi allowed five cars to pass the safety car deployed following Williams’ crash, handing Verstappen a huge advantage on fresh tyres.
Speaking to the Cross Country Rally YouTube channel via Planet F1 at the time, Sir Lewis spoke of how he felt ‘pain, incredible pain’ over the decision.
He added: ‘I don’t have anything to do with Mercedes now, but of course it’s my family from before, and an incredible pain.
‘They were 99% sure they were going to win the World Championship until there were three laps to go.
‘After losing it, and losing it in a fight like that, where they couldn’t do anything because the tyres had 50 laps on them… unbelievable pain.
‘It’s a shame it ended up like that with a bit of a strange decision by the FIA.’
This post isn’t the first shared by Lewis since he took a well-deserved break.
On February 6, Sir Lewis broke his silence on the account, captioning the post: ‘I’ve been gone. Now I’m back!
In the grid post, he is seen smiling while posing against a backdrop of canyons.
The racer also took the time to congratulate Rihanna on her pregnancy with partner A$AP Rocky.
Alongside a photo from the couple’s iconic pregnancy photo shoot, Sir Lewis wrote: ‘Love this,’ with two black heart emoji.
In December, three days after his Abu Dhabi defeat, he received his knighthood from Prince Charles at Windsor Castle in recognition of his historic Formula One achievements.
Sir Lewis is the first active F1 driver to receive the accolade.