Lewis Hamilton's brother has claimed the British F1 icon has taken a break from social media due to its toxicity as he continues to get over the heartache of his last-gasp title defeat.
The Mercedes star hasn't said a word on social media following his F1 title loss to arch rival Max Verstappen, after he was denied a record-breaking eighth world crown in controversial circumstances at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Hamilton was cruising towards an unprecedented eighth world title – leading Verstappen by 11 seconds before Nicholas Latifi's crash changed the whole landscape of the race.
The safety car was then called onto the track before controversy reigned – as after a change of heart, FIA race director Michael Masi allowed the five cars between Hamilton and Verstappen to pass and unlap themselves.
It meant Verstappen was hot on Hamilton's tail before a final lap shootout, which the Red Bull ace won after changing his tyres following the crash.
The fall-out continues to rumble on to this day, and there has even been speculation that Hamilton could dramatically retire with the Brit having remained silent following the title despair.
Hamilton has unfollowed everyone on his Instagram page since, and now his younger brother Nicolas has now opened up on why the seven-time world champion has decided to step away from social media channels.
"I think he is just having a bit of a social media break, which I don't blame him for," Nicolas explained to fans during an exchange on streaming platform Twitch.
"Social media can be a very toxic place. But he's cool though. He's fine."
Nicolas' comments come just days after Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff discussed his driver's social media silence.
"We are all wavering in emotions and Lewis most of all,” he told Motorsport-total.com.
"He won the World Championship until the last lap, and then everything is taken away from you from one second [to the next].
"Of course you lose faith because you can’t understand what has just happened.
"The silence is there, of course, because he simply lacks words as well."
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