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Lewis Hamilton Has Unfollowed Everyone On Instagram Following Formula 1 Loss

Lewis Hamilton Has Unfollowed Everyone On Instagram Following Formula 1 Loss

The driver was pipped to the driver's championship by Max Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton has unfollowed everyone on Instagram following his Formula 1 loss.

The driver was pipped to this year's title by his bitter rival Max Verstappen, who beat the Brit on the final lap of the final race of the season to claim victory.

Hamilton appeared to be cruising to the finish line in first place at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix earlier this month, easily holding Verstappen at bay in the closing laps, only for a crash for Williams' driver Nicholas Latifi to change the course of events.

Confusion reigned as race director Michael Masi changed his mind to allow lapped cars to pass the safety car – meaning Verstappen had a clear run at Hamilton in the final lap and, on much faster tyres due to a tactical pit stop, made his move to claim a first F1 title.

Max Verstappen pipped Lewis Hamilton to the title this year.

Radio footage released after the race showed Hamilton complaining to his Mercedes team about the way the race had gone, saying he felt that something wasn't right.

The 36-year-old said: "This has been manipulated, man."

Mercedes had planned on appealing the decision to hand Red Bull the victory but decided against it in the end, meaning Hamilton missed out on what would have been a record breaking eighth title.

But now, it's been revealed that the sport star has binned off all of his Instagram followers.

Hamilton boasts over 26.3 million followers but only followed a handful of people himself.

However, according to reports, he's now mysteriously ditched them.

Hamilton has unfollowed everyone on Instagram.

And at Christmas as well. Not very festive really, is it?

Following his loss, Hamilton also decided to give the end of season F1 gala a miss.

The star-studded event, which was held in Paris, sees the winning driver officially crowned the season's champion, but Hamilton and Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff didn't fancy it.

Speaking about the incident, Mohammed Ben Sulayem, the newly-elected president of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), said: "First of all, as a driver, I would feel emotional but at the end of the day rules are rules. So we are going to look into the side where the technical rules are there to be employed.

Hamilton missed out on a record breaking eighth title.

"Was he in breach? I have to look into it. We have to be following our rules, but in the meanwhile it doesn't stop us from making a champion feel good about the sport.

"It's easy to be nice to people, it's cheap to be nice, and also to motivate people."

He added: "If there is any breach, there is no forgiveness in this."

Article 6.6 of the F1 regulations states that the top three drivers in the championship must be present at the gala, though it is unclear what type of sanctions are at the FIA’s disposal.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Sport, Lewis Hamilton, Formula 1, UK News, Instagram