Lewis Hamilton will be fined if he fails to attend the 2023 FIA awards ceremony for the third consecutive year.
The 38-year-old has been in the headlines for his struggles this season, with Max Verstappen once again a dominant force in the game.
Hamilton drove hard during qualifying for the Las Vegas Grand Prix, for which he later apologized.
And the Briton could only finish seventh in the main event on Sunday, with Mercedes teammate George Russell eighth despite a strong qualifying session.
Lewis Hamilton could only finish seventh in the F1 Las Vegas Grand Prix
According to FIA rules, champions are only crowned at the Gala which takes place at the end of each season.
The current campaign is set to conclude next week, with Abu Dhabi set to bring the curtain down by hosting the final race.
Participation in the Gala is mandatory for drivers finishing in the top three in the standings.
Whatever happens in the Middle East, Hamilton has already secured third place, with Verstappen and Sergio Perez both ahead of him.
He was absent from the bash in 2021 after Verstappen won the title in controversial circumstances.
Hamilton was not required to participate last year, as he finished sixth.
But having already finished third, FIA rules mean he is required to appear at this year’s events.
If he chooses not to attend, he will be fined – the Briton previously confirmed he was penalized for his actions in 2021.
Discussing his absence last year, he said, “There will be some kind of nice ceremony.”
“But we have worked together to ensure that the money will be channeled towards young people from disadvantaged backgrounds [to help] They get into motorsport engineering.”
Hamilton is upset with the FIA, believing he was robbed of his honor in controversial circumstances two years ago.
However, time is a great healer and it is possible that he will put the 2021 controversy aside to avoid another punishment.
Meanwhile, speaking after the Las Vegas Grand Prix, Hamilton took a dig at Verstappen while criticizing critics of the incident.
His Red Bull rival had earlier suggested the show was being prioritized over racing at the event in Vegas.
But Hamilton came out swinging and said: “[There were] Lots of great overtaking opportunities and I think for all those who were so negative about the weekend, saying it was all about the show blah blah blah, I think Vegas proved them wrong.
“A really challenging race,” he said of the race.
“I started on the hard tire which was difficult at the beginning.
“Someone hit me hard from behind, I think it was Carlos [Sainz], and tried not to hit the cars moving by. I fell back five-six places.
“Then after that I was going back. I was feeling great, the tires felt good, the pace was fast.
“I went into Piastri, I don’t really know what happened exactly, I was obviously hit from behind. I think it was a racing incident.”
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Hamilton has won five times in Abu Dhabi over the years.
The veteran first won the race in 2011, while also winning in 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2019.
However, Verstappen has won the championship in each of the last three years.
The Red Bull star is level with Sebastian Vettel, who has won in Abu Dhabi on three occasions during his time in F1.