At Suzuka recently, the reigning world champion Hamilton triggered a controversy and then lashed out at his treatment by the media, after ‘Snapchatting’ his way through the official FIA press conference on the Thursday.
The Briton, lagging 33 points behind teammate Nico Rosberg now with four races to go, then refused to take questions in a post-qualifying press conference organised by Mercedes for the written media.
Team chairman Niki Lauda said after the controversial weekend: “It will not get out of hand.
“We will talk to him so that he can politely proceed with the media, especially when we convene our press conferences.”
Now The Sun claims that the FIA could schedule Hamilton to appear once again in the Thursday press conference this week in Austin.
That is despite the fact that the press conference is routinely attended only by six drivers, making back-to-back appearances for a single driver rare.
The newspaper says that it “understands F1 bosses are keen for [Hamilton] to face the music for a second time”.
Although sections of the media think that Hamilton is in ‘meltdown’, other pundits doubt that the triple world champion will give up on 2016, even though Rosberg can now finish second at every race and still emerge as world champion.