Was Lewis Hamilton robbed of victory at in Abu Dhabi? Max Verstappen snatches F1 title on last lap

British followers are claiming Lewis Hamilton was robbed of an eighth World Championship after a controversial choice by race administrators gave rival Max Verstappen the chance to grab the title on the ultimate lap of an exhilarating Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. 

Lewis Hamilton’s workforce launched a pair of protests towards Verstappen’s title-winning victory amid the extremely contested choice, however they had been shortly dismissed and Verstappen was confirmed because the world champion in the second defeat of the night time for Mercedes.

The workforce will now launch an enchantment towards the stewards’ choice in a last-ditch try to overturn the race outcome. 

The British driver led your complete race and was in complete management after overtaking the Purple Bull driver at the primary nook of the race, however a security automotive in the dying moments gave the Dutchman the chance to wrest the title away from Hamilton’s grasp. 

Hamilton seemed to be cruising to an eighth championship, earlier than Williams driver Nicholas Latifi crashed into the wall amid a duel with Haas’ Mick Schumacher simply 5 laps from the tip of the Grand Prix.

A digital security automotive was initially known as and Verstappen and Purple Bull used the chance to pit and match contemporary tender tyres, whereas Hamilton had no alternative however to maintain monitor place and keep out on his deteriorating exhausting tyres.

Nonetheless, a full security automotive was subsequently known as by Race Management, bunching up the sphere and all however wiping out Hamilton’s lead. 

For a second it seemed as if the race might end behind the security automotive with Hamilton and Verstappen separated by 5 back-markers, however on the penultimate lap of the race, race management allowed the lapped vehicles to cross the security automotive.

This meant that Verstappen was proper behind Hamilton going into the ultimate lap, which allowed the Dutchman to make full use of his tender tyres and racing guile, executing a heart-stopping cross to take his first World Championship. 

Lewis Hamilton (left) congratulates Max Verstappen (right) following a thrilling final race of the season in which Verstappen overtook Hamilton on the final lap of the race amid major controversy

Lewis Hamilton (left) congratulates Max Verstappen (proper) following an exhilarating remaining race of the season in which Verstappen overtook Hamilton on the ultimate lap of the race amid main controversy

The Dutchman pipped Hamilton to his first World Championship on the final lap of the race in Abu Dhabi with a heart-stopping pass after a controversial decision from race control

The Dutchman pipped Hamilton to his first World Championship on the ultimate lap of the race in Abu Dhabi with a heart-stopping cross after a controversial choice from race management 

Max Verstappen embraces girlfriend Kelly Piquet, daughter of three-time F1 champ Nelson Piquet, in parc ferme following his World Championship win in Abu Dhabi

Max Verstappen embraces girlfriend Kelly Piquet, daughter of three-time F1 champ Nelson Piquet, in parc ferme following his World Championship win in Abu Dhabi

Lewis Hamilton is consoled by his father Anthony Hamilton moments after losing the World Championship on the final lap to Red Bull driver Max Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton is consoled by his father Anthony Hamilton moments after shedding the World Championship on the ultimate lap to Purple Bull driver Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing shares a teary embrace with his father and former F1 driver Jos Verstappen in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit

Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Purple Bull Racing shares a teary embrace along with his father and former F1 driver Jos Verstappen in parc ferme in the course of the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit

Second placed and championship runner up Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes looks dejected in parc ferme

Second positioned and championship runner up Lewis Hamilton of Nice Britain and Mercedes appears dejected in parc ferme

Race winner and 2021 F1 World Driver's Champion Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Red Bull Racing (left centre) celebrates with Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner (right centre) in parc ferme moments after winning the World Championship

Race winner and 2021 F1 World Driver’s Champion Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Purple Bull Racing (left centre) celebrates with Purple Bull Racing Workforce Principal Christian Horner (proper centre) in parc ferme moments after profitable the World Championship

Race winner and 2021 F1 World Drivers Champion Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates with fellow Dutchman DJ Martin Garrix (L) on the podium

Race winner and 2021 F1 World Drivers Champion Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Purple Bull Racing celebrates with fellow Dutchman DJ Martin Garrix (L) on the rostrum

Britain and McLaren's Lando Norris (L) congratulates his friend and fellow competitor Max Verstappen (right) on his World Championship winning victory moments after he jumped out of his car

Britain and McLaren’s Lando Norris (L) congratulates his pal and fellow competitor Max Verstappen (proper) on his World Championship profitable victory moments after he jumped out of his automotive

Red Bull's Max Verstappen celebrates winning the race and the world championship with the Netherlands flag on the podium

Purple Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates profitable the race and the world championship with the Netherlands flag on the rostrum

A dejected but respectful Lewis Hamilton shakes the hand of Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner on the podium

A dejected however respectful Lewis Hamilton shakes the hand of Purple Bull Racing Workforce Principal Christian Horner on the rostrum

Newly-crowned World Champion Verstappen celebrates with British Team Principal of the Red Bull Racing Formula One Christian Horner on the podium of the Yas Marina Circuit

Newly-crowned World Champion Verstappen celebrates with British Workforce Principal of the Purple Bull Racing Method One Christian Horner on the rostrum of the Yas Marina Circuit

Christian Horner celebrates with his wife Geri Horner in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit

Christian Horner celebrates along with his spouse Geri Horner in parc ferme in the course of the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit

Verstappen is mobbed by Red Bull's pit crew after sealing his first Formula One World Championship in the dying moments of the race

Verstappen is mobbed by Purple Bull’s pit crew after sealing his first Method One World Championship in the dying moments of the race

The drama-filled race began with the two title rivals nearly colliding on the very first lap of the race

The drama-filled race started with the 2 title rivals almost colliding on the very first lap of the race

Verstappen screamed with elation as he crossed the road, and was mobbed by his Purple Bull pit crew who had been clamouring to congratulate their star driver as quickly as he jumped out of the automotive in parc ferme.

A dejected Hamilton, in the meantime, sat in his Mercedes for a number of minutes, seemingly in shock at how occasions had transpired towards him in the ultimate laps. 

Fellow Brit George Russell, who will be part of Hamilton at Mercedes subsequent season, was the primary to guide the backlash over the circumstances which allowed Verstappen to dramatically seal the title. 

Russell tweeted: ‘THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE!!!!

‘Max is a completely incredible driver who has had an unimaginable season and I’ve nothing however large respect for him, however what simply occurred is totally unacceptable. I can’t imagine what we have simply seen.’

The drama-filled race started from the very first lap when the title rivals almost collided. 

After Hamilton overtook Verstappen on the primary nook, the Purple Bull driver launched his Purple Bull up the within from a number of car-lengths again at Flip Seven, with Hamilton compelled to take evasive motion and depart the monitor to keep away from a collision.

The Brit nevertheless saved his momentum and drove straight throughout the run-off space to retake the lead, with what seemed to be a small time benefit. 

Stewards didn’t inform Hamilton to return the benefit he gained and dominated there was no investigation mandatory, a lot to the dismay of the Dutchman and Purple Bull workforce boss Christian Horner.

Verstappen mentioned on workforce radio: ‘That’s unimaginable. What are they doing right here?’

From there, Hamilton was relentless and his lead continued to develop as he drew ever nearer to a coveted, record-breaking eighth title.

FIA Formula One World Champion Red Bull's Dutch driver Max Verstappen celebrates on the podium of the Yas Marina Circuit

FIA Method One World Champion Purple Bull’s Dutch driver Max Verstappen celebrates on the rostrum of the Yas Marina Circuit

Verstappen celebrates with his girlfriend Kelly Piquet after winning his first Formula One world championship

Verstappen celebrates along with his girlfriend Kelly Piquet after profitable his first Method One world championship

Max Verstappen and Purple Bull reacted angrily after his first-lap collision with Lewis Hamilton

Verstappen (right) dived up the inside of Hamilton (right) at Turn Seven, the cars touched, and the Brit was forced off track, running wide up the escape route and easily retaking the lead

Verstappen (proper) dived up the within of Hamilton (proper) at Flip Seven, the vehicles touched, and the Brit was compelled off monitor, working vast up the escape route and simply retaking the lead

Team Principal Christian Horner (right) celebrates alongside wife Geri following an enthralling final race of the season

Workforce Principal Christian Horner (proper) celebrates alongside spouse Geri following an enthralling remaining race of the season

There was a quick flicker of hope for Verstappen 22 laps from the tip when the damaged Alfa Romeo of Antonio Giovinazzi prompted a quick Digital Security Automotive part. 

Purple Bull took the chance to pit Verstappen and match contemporary tyres to search out Hamilton, who stayed out. It was a remaining throw of the cube. 

When racing resumed, the hole was 18 seconds with 22 laps remaining. 

Hamilton appeared nervous over his workforce radio, however put in stellar laps to make sure Verstappen would run out of time to catch him. 

However in a dramatic second in preserving with the remainder of this unimaginable season, Williams driver Nicholas Latifi crashed into the wall with 5 laps remaining, triggering a late security automotive. 

Verstappen took yet one more free cease, becoming tender tyres for max assault. However time was working out. Would the security automotive even come in?

It did. Verstappen powered by way of at Flip 5, and although Hamilton pursued his foe valiantly down each straights, he was helpless on his previous, worn rubber and the younger Dutchman powered away to cross the road and take his first ever World Championship. 

Will Max Verstappen be STRIPPED of his first ever World Championship title? 

The celebrations will proceed lengthy into the night time for Purple Bull and Max Verstappen, who gained his first ever F1 Driver’s World Championship – however Mercedes have already lodged an enchantment towards the official outcomes. 

On the time of writing, workforce principal Toto Wolff is but to remark on the drama, however Mercedes seem to have a transparent case towards the FIA. 

Mercedes’ case appears to query a call made by race director Michael Masi, who allowed 5 vehicles in between Hamilton and Verstappen to overhaul the security automotive on the penultimate lap of the race – and might also argue that Verstappen briefly overtook Hamilton behind the security automotive.

Within the rulebook, Article 48.8 says ‘no driver might overtake one other automotive on the monitor, together with the security automotive, till he passes the Line (see Article 5.3) for the primary time after the security automotive has returned to the pits.’

There’s additionally Article 48.12, which says that ‘any vehicles which were lapped by the chief can be required to cross the vehicles on the lead lap and the security automotive.’

Relating to the primary level, Verstappen seemed to tug up alongside Hamilton approaching Flip 12 on lap 57, forward of the race restarting on lap 58 – the ultimate one.

And for the second argument made by Mercedes, Race Management advised Lando Norris, Fernando Alonso, Esteban Ocon, Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel to cross the security automotive forward of the drama-filled restart.

Nonetheless, Daniel Ricciardo, Lance Stroll and Mick Schumacher weren’t given the identical instruction. 

Article 48.12 additionally says: ‘Until the clerk of the course considers the presence of the security automotive remains to be mandatory, as soon as the last lapped automotive has handed the chief the security automotive will return to the pits at the tip of the next lap.’

Mercedes' case looks to question a decision made by race director Michael Masi (pictured at Yas Marina circuit yesterday), who allowed five cars in between Hamilton and Verstappen to overtake the safety car on the penultimate lap of the race - and may also argue that Verstappen briefly overtook Hamilton behind the safety car.

Mercedes’ case appears to query a call made by race director Michael Masi (pictured at Yas Marina circuit yesterday), who allowed 5 vehicles in between Hamilton and Verstappen to overhaul the security automotive on the penultimate lap of the race – and might also argue that Verstappen briefly overtook Hamilton behind the security automotive.

It’s unclear what motion might be taken, however the investigation is already underway. 

Finally, if any punishments are meted out, they may single-handedly change the complexion of the title struggle – and doubtlessly strip Verstappen of the trophy.

The truth that the tussle got here right down to the ultimate race of the season signifies that if there are any alterations to the race outcome, Hamilton might take residence an eighth award.

It will likely be nothing quick of embarrassing for the game is the result is overturned.

However it could even be extra damaging for them to depart the outcome to face, with guidelines seemingly conjured up on the last lap of the season to create a cleaning soap opera. 

Purple Bull will now converse to the stewards this night, with lots extra controversy anticipated earlier than the day is out.

Race by race, the important thing moments which have formed the title and at last gave Max Verstappen his first F1 world championship crown 

By Matt Davies for MailOnline

A lot has been made of the incidents between Hamilton and Verstappen at the British, Italian and Saudi Arabian Grands Prix, all of which had a big affect on the season. 

How DID Max Verstappen overtake Hamilton on remaining lap – and was Hamilton robbed? 

Nicholas Latifi crashed his Williams automotive on lap 53, which introduced out a security automotive. Purple Bull introduced Verstappen in for more energizing, newer tyres, however Mercedes saved Hamilton out on older tyres to maintain their monitor place at the entrance.

The FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Car) initially introduced that vehicles in between Verstappen and Hamilton wouldn’t have the ability to unlap themselves, which is regular apply in Method One.

Unlapping: Un-lapping is the method of driving quick to overhaul a automotive which is one complete lap forward and has simply handed by. If a driver is ready to cross them, they may have un-lapped themselves

This was a really controversial choice, which Purple Bull appealed towards.

The race director, Michael Masi, then modified his thoughts, which meant Verstappen was put proper behind Hamilton for the last-lap shootout. The 5 vehicles in between them had been advised to overhaul the security automotive, in the meantime.

Within the sporting laws, it says ‘no driver might overtake one other automotive on the monitor, together with the security automotive, till he passes the Line (see Article 5.3) for the primary time after the security automotive has returned to the pits.’

There’s additionally Article 48.12, which says that ‘any vehicles which were lapped by the chief can be required to cross the vehicles on the lead lap and the security automotive.’ 

However there are a selection of different incidents and key moments which have additionally formed this unimaginable title race, with out which the nail-biting conclusion to the 2021 F1 World Driver’s Championship would by no means have materialised.

Neither Hamilton nor Verstappen declare factors in Azerbaijan 

Up first was a drama-filled race at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, which extremely noticed neither Hamilton nor Verstappen rating factors, with the race win as a substitute going to Purple Bull’s Perez. 

Verstappen was cruising in direction of a sure and beautiful victory, one which might have prolonged his lead over Hamilton by 15 factors. He suffered a puncture at 200mph with simply 5 laps to go, nevertheless, flying off the monitor right into a concrete wall. 

Fortunately, Verstappen was unhurt, although understandably extremely annoyed. He kicked his automotive with rage after exiting his car, with Hamilton – then second behind Perez – set to capitalise.    

There was an additional twist in the story, after the race was purple flagged. From the second standing begin of the race, Hamilton really bought a greater begin than Perez and seemed to be main heading into flip one.

Nonetheless, he locked up and ran straight down the escape highway, which noticed him drop all the way in which again in the pecking order, ultimately ending in fifteenth. A possibility wasted.  

Bottas and Verstappen collide in Hungary

Verstappen and Hamilton have had their justifiable share of collisions, however this time it was the Brit’s Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas who in the end wrecked the teen’s race. 

In August, Hamilton regained the championship lead for the primary time since Could, ending second behind Estaban Ocon regardless of being last 5 laps into the race.

Verstappen completed ninth in the tip, however any probabilities of a win had been taken away by Bottas, who misplaced management of his Mercedes in an enormous turn-one incident, crashing into the again of Lando Norris, who then collided into Verstappen. Bottas additionally managed to take out Perez! 

After a rare race, Hamilton revealed he had been struggling since contracting coronavirus in December 2020. He visited the Mercedes physician following victory resulting from fatigue and dizziness. 

Valtteri Bottas crumpled into Sergio Perez, causing carnage after a slow start from the Finn

Valtteri Bottas crumpled into Sergio Perez, inflicting carnage after a sluggish begin from the Finn

Verstappen wins farcical Belgian Grand Prix

What a farce this was. Verstappen was awarded the victory after strolling behind a security automotive for simply two laps, earlier than the race was cancelled as a result of terrible climate situations. 

The group at the rain-hit Spa-Francorchamps circuit waited three-and-a-half hours for the outcomes because the drivers merely waited in their garages for the climate to clear.  

Ultimately, Mercedes-bound George Russell – now with Williams – took second, with Hamilton in third. That is the way it began, and that is the way it completed.   

In what was the shortest F1 race of all time, Verstappen was awarded 12-and-a-half factors for his ‘victory’. 

Two laps is the minimal required for a classification, whereas half factors had been awarded as lower than 75 per cent of the race was accomplished.   

The drivers managed two laps behind the safety car in thee-and-a-half hours as rain poured

The drivers managed two laps behind the security automotive in thee-and-a-half hours as rain poured

Verstappen takes benefit of the rain in Russia

Lastly, now we have the Russian Grand Prix, the place Hamilton and Verstappen completed first and second in probably the most unlikely of circumstances. 

Verstappen began last on the grid however managed to complete second, whereas Hamilton – who began fourth – gained his a hundredth Grand Prix. 

How in another way it might have been, nevertheless. With simply two laps to go, it was Norris who was main the pack and heading in direction of a well-known victory, in truth his first-ever victory. 

However the heavens opened and down got here the rain. Norris opted towards a tire change, which proved the incorrect choice in the tip. Hamilton – who additionally wished to remain out – was instructed to pit and change to a set of intermediates – which in the end gained him the race. 

Verstappen was in seventh at the time the rain began to fall, however in altering his tyres earlier than many others in the sphere, he was in a position to capitalise. 

Although surrendering his result in Hamilton in the title race, the Brit opened up only a two-point lead, the place it might have been extra.  

MAX VERSTAPPEN’S 2021 SEASON RESULTS

BAHRAIN: 2nd

EMILIA-ROMAGNA: 1st

PORTUGAL: 2nd

SPAIN: 2nd

MONACO: 1st

AZERBAIJAN: DNF

FRANCE: 1st

STYRIA: 1st

AUSTRIA: 1st

GREAT BRITAIN: DNF

HUNGARY: ninth

BELGIUM: 1st

HOLLAND: 1st

ITALY: DNF

RUSSIA: 2nd

TURKEY: 2nd

UNITED STATES: 1st

MEXICO: 1st

BRAZIL: 2nd

QATAR: 2nd

SAUDI ARABIA: 2nd   

Abu Dhabi: 1st 

LEWIS HAMILTON’S 2021 SEASON RESULTS 

BAHRAIN: 1st

EMILIA-ROMAGNA: 2nd

PORTUGAL: 1st

SPAIN: 1st

MONACO: seventh

AZERBAIJAN: fifteenth

FRANCE: 2nd

STYRIA: 2nd

AUSTRIA: 4th

GREAT BRITAIN: 1st

HUNGARY: 2nd

BELGIUM: third

HOLLAND: 2nd

ITALY: DNF

RUSSIA: 1st

TURKEY: fifth

UNITED STATES: 2nd

MEXICO: 2nd

BRAZIL: 1st

QATAR: 1st

SAUDI ARABIA: 1st

Abu Dhabi: 2nd 

Max Verstappen snatches the World Championship off Lewis Hamilton on the LAST LAP of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after late security automotive chaos sees the Dutchman win his first ever title 

Jonathan McEvoy for MailOnline

Max Verstappen has dethroned Lewis Hamilton as champion of the world.

In excessive drama, on the last lap, in bitter acrimony, the Dutchman for the primary time in his 24-year-long life is King of the Monitor.

The circumstances can be talked about for years – a security automotive coming in leaving only one lap for Verstappen to cross Lewis Hamilton, who had been in complete command over the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix till then.

Hamilton appeared to have made the decisive transfer along with his first of the race – a superb response when the lights went out to tear straight previous pole-sitter Verstappen into the primary nook.

Verstappen celebrated winning his first Formula One World Championship at the Yas Marina circuit

Verstappen celebrated profitable his first Method One World Championship at the Yas Marina circuit

Fans and Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton banners in the stands before the race

Followers and Purple Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton banners in the stands earlier than the race

Verstappen exits his Red Bull following a thrilling race in which he pipped Hamilton to win on the final lap

Verstappen exits his Purple Bull following an exhilarating race in which he pipped Hamilton to win on the ultimate lap

Hamilton reacts after being denied an eighth World Championship in controversial circumstances

Hamilton reacts after being denied an eighth World Championship in controversial circumstances

Hamilton (left), Verstappen (centre), Ferrari driver Carloz Sainz (top right), and Christian Horner celebrate on the podium

Hamilton (left), Verstappen (centre), Ferrari driver Carloz Sainz (prime proper), and Christian Horner have a good time on the rostrum

That instantly gave the Briton possession of occasion, or so he thought.

There have been a quantity of main heart-in-mouth moments. The primary got here on the seventh flip of the race, with Verstappen determined to regain the benefit he had simply misplaced.

He lunged down a spot he noticed and Hamilton was compelled off the highway and lower the nook.

Verstappen saved himself throughout the white traces of the monitor. He requested for the place to be handed again. The stewards reviewed the incident however took no motion, leaving Hamilton in first place.

‘It is unimaginable,’ mentioned the Dutchman. ‘What are they doing right here?’ You could possibly see why he may really feel aggrieved however the choice was hardly an outrage.

Hamilton now merely had extra velocity than Verstappen, the Mercedes holding the whip hand over the Purple Bull.

When each the primary males had stopped, Sergio Perez in the second Purple Bull stayed out. ‘Plan B,’ the Mexican was advised. His job was to carry up Hamilton. He did this brilliantly on lap 20. Hamilton handed him and was handed again. They went wheel to wheel.

It was clear however nail-biting. Would Perez punt Hamilton off by chance or design?

He didn’t, with Hamilton lastly breaking free the next lap. Verstappen was only one.8sec again now such was Perez’s defensive masterclass. ‘Checo is a legend,’ mentioned Verstappen after being let proper by way of to get on Hamilton’s tail.

There was a quick flicker of hope for Verstappen when the damaged Alfa Romeo of Antonio Giovinazzi prompted a quick Digital Security Automotive part. Purple Bull took the chance to reboot Verstappen. It was a remaining throw of the cube.

When racing resumed, the hole was 18 seconds with 22 laps remaining. Verstappen drove fantastically properly, however time was towards him. Hamilton, although, confirmed a number of moments of panic over the radio as he was advised his margin of benefit was being eroded. With 13 laps to go it was 13sec between the pair.

So long as Hamilton’s tyres lasted, he could be high-quality. A warning got here in a puncture on Lando Norris’s McLaren. Hamilton was advised to look at the kerbs at Flip 15 and 16.

A remaining twist, Nicholas Latifi crashing outdoors the W Resort. A late security automotive. Verstappen took the free cease; Hamilton, to his astonishment and nerve-jangling annoyance, did not. However time was working out. Would the security automotive even come in?

It did. Verstappen powered by way of at Flip 5, Hamilton helpless on his personal rubber with the younger new king respiratory down his neck.

‘THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE!!!!’ Lewis Hamilton’s future Mercedes team-mate George Russell leads widespread condemnation for the ‘disgusting’ and ‘farcical’ rule change which allowed Max Verstappen to sensationally steal the F1 title at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 

By Max Matthews for MailOnline

Method One driver George Russell led an in depth backlash over the circumstances which allowed Max Verstappen to dramatically steal the World Championship title in the ultimate lap of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday.

Hamilton’s future Mercedes team-mate was shocked at the rule change which sensationally allowed Verstappen to instantly make up tons of floor on chief Lewis Hamilton, and ultimately overtake him to seize the championship.

Russell tweeted: ‘THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE!!!!

Formula One driver George Russell led an extensive backlash over the circumstances which allowed Max Verstappen to dramatically steal the World Championship title in the final lap of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday

Method One driver George Russell led an in depth backlash over the circumstances which allowed Max Verstappen to dramatically steal the World Championship title in the ultimate lap of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday

‘Max is a completely incredible driver who has had an unimaginable season and I’ve nothing however large respect for him, however what simply occurred is totally unacceptable. I can’t imagine what we have simply seen.’

The Mercedes Twitter account merely posted: ‘There are not any phrases’.

Piers Morgan added: ‘I do not know what I’ve simply watched however it might probably’t be proper. Hamilton’s been robbed, absolutely? #F1’

Former footballer Jermaine Jenas mentioned: ‘You understand what as a lot as I like @F1 there’s a lot crap they should kind out! That was a whole theft for @LewisHamilton’.

Jonathan Liew mentioned: ‘That is what occurs when a sport decides to show itself into scripted leisure. guidelines cease being guidelines. the one tenet is what sells the product,’ whereas fellow journalist Ed Aarons added: ‘What a farce in the F1 by the way in which. Discuss manufacturing drama…’

Presenter Dan Walker added: ‘Whoever you wished to win… that’s an absolute farce of a end #F1Finale’.

Former Tottenham midfielder Micky Hazard mentioned: ‘I’ve to say that’s disgusting what’s occurred in the F1. I am disgusted the organisers needs to be ashamed they modified the foundations from the remainder of the season disgusting,’ whereas one other person posted: ‘Congrats to Michael Masi for deciding the F1 world title.’

Scores of racing followers additionally took to Twitter to precise their condemnation and anger after the race.

One mentioned: ‘The FIA simply dedicated armed theft on Hamilton. How was that allowed. They did not even enable all of the lapped Vehicles to unlap themselves. Solely those between Hamilton and Verstappen.’

A second tweeted: ‘I’ve by no means been extra disenchanted with the F1 – the most effective driver gained…. No they did not…. Who gained was somebody who bought fortunate with an incident. What a joke F1, what a joke. #FormulaOne #F1Finale #F1’

One other mentioned: ‘Drive to Survive’ made F1 massive from an leisure perspective so the governing physique decides to repair the tip of this race purely for leisure. The one option to beat the most effective driver in the game’s historical past is thru blatant dishonest.’

A fourth posted: ‘I’ve by no means seen something so dodgy in sport. An absolute sew up,’ with one other including: ‘FIA your complete season had been a whole joke. Get rid of Michael Masi instantly.’