Max Verstappen takes F1 title from Lewis Hamilton on last lap after late controversy – Sky Sports Breaking News 2021

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Max Verstappen takes F1 title from Lewis Hamilton on last lap after late controversy, News Sky Sports, sky sports

A contentious and contentious season ends with a dramatic and contentious final lap after a late safety car snuffed out Hamilton’s lead and gave Verstappen an unexpected chance to overtake his Briton and win the 2021 title; Mercedes protested out of anger after dominating the race

Watch the incredible end to the Abu Dhabi GP and the 2021 title fight as Max Verstappen passes Lewis Hamilton on the final lap for the F1 world championship.

Max Verstappen became Formula 1 world champion for the first time after an unusual and controversial end to the season-concluding Abu Dhabi GP which saw Lewis Hamilton pass on the last lap after a dramatic safety car delay.

Mercedes has protested the result, however, with the hosts currently hearing their case after the team was angry at the way Race Control handled the end of Safety Car’s procedures before racing resumed.

Hamilton appears to be heading towards his record eighth title after overtaking the start, despite the controversy on the first lap at Turn Five, but Nicholas Latifi’s crash at Williams knocked out the safety car with five laps remaining and created it all. In a dramatic way to end an absolutely amazing season.

Red Bull put Verstappen on for new soft tyres, while Hamilton stayed on top to maintain his position in his old group.

While initially there were five cars wrapped between the contenders queuing behind the safety car, the race control system instructed that group to join the back of the queue at the penultimate round, which recreated Hamilton-Verstappen one to two for the final round. amazing. Restart.

Amid protests from an angry Mercedes pit wall to FIA race director Michael Massey, racing resumed on the 58th and final lap of the race – and the season of domination – and Verstappen beat Hamilton indoors at Turn Five to take the win and the podium. from rival Mercedes.

Verstappen became the first Dutchman to win the title and the second Red Bull champion after Sebastian Vettel, the last non-Mercedes driver to win the championship in 2013.

“It’s unbelievable,” said the disbeliever Verstappen, who at 24 is the sport’s fourth youngest world champion. “All through the race I kept fighting and I had a chance on the last lap, it’s unbelievable. I have cramps. It’s crazy.”

Huge drama as Nicholas Latifi goes into the barriers during the Abu Dhabi GP

Despite the huge disappointment with a stunning late turnaround just as it appeared on the cusp of more history, the sporty Hamilton went straight to congratulate Verstappen at Parc ferme.

The outgoing Formula One champion said: “First of all, congratulations to Max and his team. I think we’ve done a great job this year.” “My team, everyone back at the factory, have worked hard all this year, it has been the toughest season. I am so proud of them and so grateful to be a part of the journey with them.

“In the latter part of the season we gave him everything and we never gave up.”

Hamilton had hoped to become an eight-time world champion but is still tied with Michael Schumacher at seven at the moment.

Mercedes still clinched a record eighth consecutive constructors’ championship from Red Bull, but that impressive feat is likely to offer little solace in the wake of Sunday’s impressive and controversial finish.

Red Bull’s Sergio Perez withdrew late in the race while he was third, giving Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz last place on the podium this season and ensuring the Spaniard finish ahead of teammate Charles Leclerc, who was 10th, in the season standings. after winning. First year in Scuderia.

AlphaTauri finished fourth and fifth with Yuki Tsunoda, achieving the best result of his rookie season, ahead of Pierre Gasly.

Abu Dhabi GP result: Top 10
1) Max Verstappen, Red Bull
2) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
3) Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
4) Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri
5) Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri
6) Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes
7) Lando Norris, McLaren
8) Fernando Alonso, Alps
9) Esteban Ocon, Alps
10) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari

‘Miracle’ Verstappen arrives as Mercedes angry over controversial finish

“Mercedes’ pace is very strong today. It will take a miracle to turn this situation around.”

Words seemingly resigned to Red Bull boss Christian Horner from the wall to Sky F1 with 10 laps of the race to go with Hamilton enjoying a 10-second lead over Verstappen.

Five laps later, that “miracle” came suddenly and unexpectedly.

Running towards the back of the field, Latifi lost control of his Williams run at Turn 14 and hit the hurdles. Safety car to remove the broken car and debris was inevitable; Duly summoned.

It retained its position on the track, and with it the provisional title, Mercedes wasn’t pitting Hamilton, so the Briton continued to follow the dispatched safety car.

But Red Bull had nothing to lose and so brought their man for a new set of soft tyres.

With the entire field now running at sluggish pace behind the safety car, Verstappen is back in second place but is behind five cars – Lando Norris, Fernando Alonso, Esteban Ocon, Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel – which he never had.

On lap 56, the word feed showed the message from Race Control: “Wrapped cars will not be allowed to overtake.”

In a conversation that took place later, Horner asked Massey, “Why don’t we get these winding cars off the road?” Horner asked to Massey, and he replied, “Christian, give me a second. The most important thing is to clarify this incident.”

Halfway around the penultimate lap the runners were instructed to overtake the safety car, even though only five were among the title contenders. It was also indicated that the race will resume for the fifty-eighth and final round.

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