Hamilton, 36, was controversially pipped to the world championship by Max Verstappen, 24, on the final lap of a thrilling race in Abu Dhabi, with the role of FIA chief Michael Masi heavily criticised by fans and pundits.
The seven-time world champion was gracious in defeat in the immediate aftermath of the decider in the desert, but has since remained silent on the subject of that race and his Formula One future.
Mercedes chief Toto Wolff amplified concerns over Hamilton’s racing career after revealing that he was ‘disillusioned’ after Abu Dhabi, and the pair snubbed the FIA’s end of season award ceremony last week.
Hamilton’s only public sighting since the race was at Windsor Castle, where he received his knighthood from the Prince of Wales.
And now, the 36-year-old has raised eyebrows after appearing to unfollow a handful of accounts on his Instagram page.
Lewis Hamilton has unfollowed everybody on Instagram as he maintains his period of silence
His account, which has over 26million followers, gives his fans an insight into his life on and off track, where Hamilton posts photos with his team, celebrity friends and his dog, Roscoe.
It is not yet known what the move could mean, yet it is not the first time Hamilton has taken to an unfollowing spree on the social media platform, having previously done so in 2019.
Reflecting on the controversial title decider in Abu Dhabi, Wolff said: ‘Lewis Hamilton and I are disillusioned at the moment.
Now, it has emerged that the seven-time champion has unfollowed everyone on Instagtam
Hamilton regularly posts on the account photos of his life both on and off the racetrack
‘We are not disillusioned with the sport — we love the sport with every bone in our body, and we love it because the stopwatch never lies.
‘But if we break that fundamental principle of sporting fairness and authenticity of the sport, then suddenly the stopwatch doesn’t become relevant anymore because we are exposed to random decision-making, that it is clear you may fall out of love with.
‘That you start to question if all the work you have been putting in — all the sweat, tears, and blood — can actually be demonstrated in terms of being the best possible performance on track, because it can be taken away randomly.’