Lewis Hamilton has delayed his return to the track following complaints that he was too ill to do so.
The golden boy of British racing was pencilled in to complete a day's session of tyre testing upon the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi but was replaced after only the morning session.
Two days prior to this announcement on the very same track, Hamilton lost the F1 World Championship to teammate Nico Rosberg in controversial fashion.
Going into the final race of the season Hamilton required his German compatriot to finish outside the top three, in order to achieve ultimate glory and lift his third consecutive F1 title.
The 31-year-old led from lap one and controlled the pace of how those around him travelled.
Hamilton attempted to quash the gap between Rosberg who sat in second, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel who lay in third and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen who raced in fourth.
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By backing his teammate into the chasing pack, both Rosberg and the Mercedes garage were riled.
The team at Mercedes provided Hamilton with direct instructions to increase his speed, but on the two occasions it was asked the Brit ignored them.
Mercedes boss, Toto Wolff, shortly after race completion threatened to take disciplinary action against Hamilton for his ‘antics’ at the weekend. Wolff said he remains in ‘two minds’ whether to punish the driver.
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There has been a huge debate over whether Hamilton’s actions were gentlemanly, but can you be so in such a sport?
Many support the Brit’s attempts to outsmart his racing partner as without healthy competition the sport would be categorized as dull.
To ask Hamilton to roll over and accept defeat is simply not in his nature, nor would it be in any racers.
Mercedes who won all but two of the 21 Grand Prix’s this season have released a statement regarding the feud which bubbles inside their camp.
A spokesman said: "There is no rush or time pressure with anything. Our focus right now is on celebrating the new champion."
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