Max Verstappen won his first F1 world championship title in the most dramatic circumstances after emerging victorious at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton seemed to win a record eighth crown that would have brought him ahead of the great Michael Schumacher, but it was not for the Englishman as he was in the final lap at the Yas Marina track by Verstappen has been overtaken. Lewis Hamilton was on its way to a victory in Abu Dhabi, but the race was turned on its head when Williams’ Nicholas Latifi crashed four laps from the end, causing the appearance of the safety car.
Verstappen quickly looked for new tires, while Hamilton was told by his team to stay out and maintain the position.
After initially saying cars would not be allowed to escape themselves, officers allowed the cars that were between Hamilton and Verstappen to unfold under the security car, leaving the title contestants to stick out when the racing is resumed.
When racing resumed for the 58th and final laps, Verstappen streaked past Hamilton on his fresh tires to take the checkered flag and his first title.
Red Bull team chief Christian Horner got the “miracle” he and his team were looking for while Mercedes was left shocked by what had just happened.
Twitter blew up after the race with many complaining to the FIA about what they thought was unfair to Hamilton, while others praised Verstappen for his superhuman effort throughout the season.
There were many others who decided to have fun and posted memes on the social media platform.
Here we have tried to choose the best of them:
Latifi leaves management boardroom after accident pic.twitter.com/y9TI5bU5RR
– JW (@Wilffyyy) 12 December 2021
Latifi decides to crash with 5 laps left: pic.twitter.com/22IBtONq2C
– Matip is God (@FantasyplLad) 12 December 2021
Toto Wolff to Williams after Latifi’s accident pic.twitter.com/CBDBP3tBls
– Aishwary (@ racefeedf1) 13 December 2021
The stages of the Abu Dhabi gp pic.twitter.com/65z5j9UvIA
– kelly (@ f1kellyy) 12 December 2021
– Ed blythman (@Ed_Blythman) 12 December 2021
everyone watching abu dhabi gp pic.twitter.com/o9by6VUVLk
– only (@rbrseb) 12 December 2021
Stepped on Hamilton as he overtook him in the final lap pic.twitter.com/oe7Zdz1lFc
– Naughty PT (@fpl_pt) 12 December 2021
– Ollie (@ollie_olly_olly) 12 December 2021
Check out the Abu Dhabi GP: pic.twitter.com/2iqaBUg5Wl
– MessengerPigeon (3,3) // (,) (@MoneyMaknPigeon) 12 December 2021
– Alex SHAQ Shafiq (@InkedUpSHAQ) 12 December 2021
– Tushar (@TusharShandilya) 12 December 2021
Max Verstappen passes Lewis Hamilton in the final lap of the season’s final race to win his 1st World Championship.
Joe Pompliano (@JoePompliano) 12 December 2021
Max Verstappen past Lewis Hamilton: pic.twitter.com/gjJqrc4qvS
– (@utdrobbo) 12 December 2021
“It’s insane,” he said. “My goal when I was little was to be a Formula One rider. You dream of podiums and victories. But when they tell you you are world champion, it’s incredible.”
Hamilton was generous in the defeat, embraced his arch-enemy and said: “Congratulations to Max and his team”.
The 36-year-old Brit added: “We gave it our all this last part of the season and never gave up, that’s the most important thing.”
(With AFP input)
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