Lewis Hamilton failed to win his eighth Formula One championship this season. On the other hand, Max Verstappen won his first F1 title after overtaking Hamilton in the last lap of the year’s final race.
Mercedes won the constructors’ title for the eighth straight year, according to sports news reports. However, Verstappen stopped the team’s double dominance. He also became the first Dutch F1 champion.
Sports betting experts were not surprised about the result. However, they didn’t expect how the race would end. Mercedes made two post-race protests, but the FIA dismissed them. Instead, the team said they filed a notice of intention to appeal.
Verstappen Won His First F1 Title
Verstappen described the race as insane. The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix had an exciting ending. Also, it ended in a very dramatic manner. The Dutch driver started the race in pole position. However, he lost the lead right at the start.
Verstappen was in the lead again when the safety car came out. However, race director Michael Masi pushed the limits to the final lap. Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said that they needed a miracle to win, and they got it.
According to sports forum sources, team Mercedes complained to race director Masi as Red Bull celebrated Verstappen’s milestone. Sports fans and Mercedes thought the race would end behind the safety car.
However, Masi allowed the race to continue for the last lap. As a result, it became a sprint finish, with Verstappen having fresher tires. Hamilton congratulated the Verstappen. Also, he said that everyone did a fantastic job this season. They never gave up, and that’s the vital part.
Verstappen ended the F1 season with ten wins to Hamilton’s eight. Also, the Dutch champion led more laps and took more podiums and poles this year.