Max Verstappen, a driver from the Netherlands who is known for his hot temper and aggressive driving style, won the controversial Abu Dhabi Grand Prix by passing Lewis Hamilton on track in an incident that later turned out to be intentional.
Max Verstappen won the controversial Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Max was given a penalty for causing a collision during the race, but he was allowed to keep his victory. Read more in detail here: f1 news.
It almost seems natural that the championship title was decided on the penultimate lap of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, given the season’s drama and controversy.
Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton qualified for the race on points, which has only occurred previously in the sport’s 71-year history, when Emerson Fittipaldi and Clay Regazzoni qualified for the 1974 finale on points. It was a winner-take-all situation.
And, after all of the anticipation, the race did not disappoint. From the first lap, there was controversy, with both championship candidates experiencing their fair share of bad luck. In the end, though, the 24-year-old Verstappen won the race and the championship.
This is how it all went down.
Lap 1: Hamilton got off to a much better start than Verstappen, leading into Turn 1, but the drama started at Turn 6.
With so much on the line, there was certain to be drama from the moment the lights went down. The moment Hamilton overtook his championship opponent was crucial, but the greatest event of the lap occurred at Turn 6.
Verstappen had crept up on Hamilton and tried to climb the inside of the car. His move was a little late, but his braking was precise enough to get him through the curve and keep him on the track. Hamilton, on the other hand, was driven wide and had to clip the chicane to reclaim the lead.
“He’s got to give it back,” Verstappen shouted over the radio, but the stewards don’t notice the incident for another two circuits.
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