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Lewis Hamilton 'sickie' comment vindicated as 16 drivers beat Mercedes star in Abu Dhabi

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Lewis Hamilton’s cheeky suggestion that he ‘might be calling a sickie’ to avoid racing his uncompetitive Mercedes car one more time was vindicated by his team’s performance in post-season testing.

Hamilton ended a miserable worst-ever season in F1 with a retirement in the season finale in Abu Dhabi, meaning he finished sixth in the driver’s standings.

The mechanical fault that forced his retirement summed up Hamilton’s year as he finished a full campaign without a race win for the first time since joining the F1 grid 2007.

Hamilton is relieved his season is over after witnessing 2021 rival Max Verstappen cruise to his second world title in a dominant Red Bull, while the Brit has been scrapping desperately for his nine podium finishes.

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