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Verstappen wins 1st F1 title with last lap pass of Hamilton

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By JENNA FRYER

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Wow what an ending! Congratulations to Max, he deserved it, because of him F1 got to be interesting again whether you like his style yes or not. He got lucky, sure, but he has been unlucky lots of time this season, so no complaints there. Hamilton has next year to seek his revenge and go for that record....may next season be even more exciting;

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What an unbelieveable shambles from the FIA. They've turned it into the Truman Show.

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Sour grapes by a desperate Toto & Mercedes.

Lewis has accepted the result, they should too

-6 ( +5 / -11 )

No surprise that Hamilton didn’t take part in the post race press conference. In addition to being an arrogant git he’s also a sore loser.

-11 ( +5 / -16 )

Well done to Max. Credit where its due. No slight against him that race control royally screwed that up. Allowing just the 4 or 5 cars between Lewis and Max to overtake the pace car - and no others - giving Max a clear passage on fresh tyres. It was a great fight all year between the two!

In addition to being an arrogant git he’s also a sore loser.

So much negativity. Sad.

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Both were incredible performers over the season and one had to win and one had to lose.

Saying that though - Hamilton led throughout.

The rules were tweeked on spot to allow Max to jump past the slower cars and sit himself behind Lewis ready for the restart.

There is enough gray area in the rules to indicate it was not an illegal act, but it certainly had the feel of an "engineered finish" to gain maximum media/PR bonus points.

If the final lap positioning was left as was ie Max 5 cars behind - then the possibility of Lewis losing was remote.

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Congratulations to Max what an exciting season for F1, looking forward to the next one.

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Lewis has won many controversial races over the years. he should have put his big boy britches on and shown up at the presser. That’s all I’m sayin.

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if anybody saw the race Vertappen had the most luck any racer could of dreamed, on the 3rd last lap there was a crash, Verstappen

was luckily in a position to pit for soft compound tires, the safety car then caused all the cars to bunch up, (then by some new rule i dont know) the 3 lapped cars between Verstappen

and Hamilton were told to be removed so Verstappen was right behind Hamilton. Dont know about you but being gifted 3 extra racing positions is a pretty darn good handicap

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gift of the year to Verstappen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QJ-N-AQJYc

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Congratulations to Max and Redbull on the Driver championship. Well deserved. But…..It deserves an asterisk.

Max should lose a couple points for the safety car shenanigans in the last lap. I think 3pts or 5pts would be adequate as it should set a precedent that safety car formations are to be adhered to.

The Race official and FIA should kind of be reprimanded for the inconstancy in decision making in applying rules on what was the championship lap. If cars are supposed to unlap themselves, all cars should do so, if not, then follow the locked formation and don’t release the safety car until done.

Finally, Latifi…… ;)

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How many times over this season and past seasons has luck and questionable decisions gone in the favour of Hamilton and Mercedes? Too many to count.

Unfortunately for them, luck and a questionable decision went in the favour of Verstappen in the final race and final lap of the 2021 season.

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That’s spot on Kari but the Hamilton defenders will never see it that way. They have Mercedes tinted glasses on.

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That’s spot on Kari but the Hamilton defenders will never see it that way. They have Mercedes tinted glasses on.

im not dont even like Mercedes certainly not a Hamilton fan, if anything I prefer Redbull.

but to say Verstappen earned that victory with a crash, pace car, pitting for fresh soft tires and being gifted 3 places from lapped cars, which in normal racing hed have to pass anyway, while Hamilton was leading through most of the race. Dont know about you but that hardly proves Verstappen was the better driver.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QJ-N-AQJYc

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N age too comes here vett is young n a rising star n ham is cured enough to be called salami so now people have to b ready to see new champ every year from today

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Hamilton had TWO chances also to change tires.

They could have easily put him also soft tires on last lap and prove he can win it.

He will start behind Verstappen but would be equal and with his faster car and driving abilities he could have won. But No They did not want to take the risk. So noone to blame.

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Ouch! Poor Lewis....

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For all of you complaining about the outcome, the FIA was consistent in being inconsistent with their decisions throughout the season. Had FIA actually been competent throughout the season it's arguable that Max would have been crowned champion before Abu Dhabi and all this would be moot. In this final race, aside from egregiously failing to investigate the Lap 1 Turn 6 incident, FIA should have let all the lapped cars pass immediately as soon as the safety car was deployed following Latifi's crash in order to ensure the race and championship wouldn't be decided behind the safety car. Had they done this Max would have still been in P2 behind Lewis and the outcome would most likely have been the same.

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After passing Hamilton Max was weaving all the way down the straight, which is illegal. A crackly call from Horner could even be heard, “Watch the weaving Max!”

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