Lewis Hamilton was denied a document eighth world championship win on Sunday, after a controversial finish to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix… however what occurred precisely?
The Brit began the ultimate race of the season stage on factors with Max Verstappen within the F1 standings, with 26 factors up for grabs.
After main the pack for almost all of the race and constructing an 11 second lead over Verstappen, Hamilton seemed destined to complete in pole place earlier than an incident in the back of the sphere blew the race broad open.
Williams’ Nicholas Latifi misplaced management of his automobile and crashed into security obstacles with simply six laps to go.
Whereas a security automotive introduced drivers to a slower pace to permit stewards to clear the monitor, Verstappen pounced on the chance to alter his tyres for higher grip and pace.
Hamilton, who final modified his tyres on lap 14, determined in opposition to taking a pit cease to carry on to his first-place monitor place.
What occurred subsequent shocked everybody watching. The FIA’s Race Director Michael Massi made a dramatic U-turn on a choice that unlapped automobiles ought to maintain their place.
The decision allowed Verstappen to maneuver into second place earlier than the race resumed with one lap to go.
The Pink Bull driver then powered previous Hamilton within the dying seconds of the final lap, with the Mercedes’ man’s older tyres unable to compete.
Hamilton was sportsmanlike in defeat, taking the time to congratulate Verstappen earlier than summarising his season: “Firstly congratulations to Max and to his group. I feel we did a tremendous job this 12 months. My group, everybody again on the manufacturing unit, have labored so exhausting this entire 12 months, it has been probably the most troublesome of seasons.
“I am so happy with them and I am so grateful to be part of the journey with them. This final a part of the season we gave it completely every thing and by no means gave up, that is crucial factor.”
The brand new F1 champion mentioned: “Lastly a little bit of luck for me… My group know I like them, and I hope we will do that for 10-15 years collectively… our purpose was to be world champions and now we have completed that.”
Elsewhere, folks weren’t so diplomatic with their opinions. Piers Morgan tweeted: “I do not know what I’ve simply watched however it will probably’t be proper. Hamilton’s been robbed, absolutely?”
Jeremy Clarkson tweeted: “Delighted with the end result however the stewards should be banned. We’ve had sufficient of them.” The Grand Tour presenter added: “Very very dignified from Lewis Hamilton”.
Verstappen’s father gave an sincere account of the day: “In fact due to the security automotive we’re on this state of affairs.”
He added: “The group had a great stretch… I imply, they’re doing quite a lot of issues superb, and I feel Max was the driving force this 12 months and he actually deserved this championship.”
Mercedes lodged two protests over the occasions at The Yas Marina Circuit, each of which have been dismissed by the FIA.
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