Max Verstappen Wins F1 Title After Dramatic Race with Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes Protest Rejected by Race Stewards

Max Verstappen Wins F1 Title After Dramatic Race with Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes Protest Rejected by Race Stewards
Max Verstappen of the Netherlands celebrates with members of his team after winning the Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021

Max Verstappen wins his first Formula 1 title in a dramatic race, snatching what would have been Lewis Hamilton’s 8th.

The Red Bull driver beat out Hamilton’s Mercedes during the last lap of the season finale held in Abu Dhabi. Verstappen then had to wait while the Mercedes team protested against the results only to be rejected by the race stewards.

The initial stages of the race appeared to be for Hamilton and it looked like the Brit was on his way to securing his 8th F1 Title, which would have had him break off from his 7-title tie with Michael Schumacher. But events in the last laps would prove otherwise.

With a lap to go, Michael Masi decided to go green. This gave Verstappen the chance to over take Hamilton in turn five.

As Verstappen screamed with delight and celebrated his win with the Red Bull team, Hamilton sat in his car for several minutes. He was either composing himself or was in complete disbelief of the outcome that seemed to shift dramatically in the last few minutes.

Verstappens celebrations were halted for more than four hours when Mercedes protested the results. Despite eventually being rejected by the race stewards, Mercedes has stated that they would appeal.

When asked what he had to say about the Mercedes protest, Verstappen said, Not much really to say about that. I think it also sums up a little bit the season.

Capping off a one-of-a-kind season marked with controversies and clashes between Hamilton and Verstappen and their teams on and off the track. It boiled down to this, an epic match between Hamilton and Verstappen. It could not have been any more fitting of a finale.

Maree cartujano
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