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MOTORSPORTS | Apr 02

Sports Royalty: Lewis Hamilton Opens Up About 2021 Season Finale Drama

The Last Race of the 2021 Season Broke the Hearts of Hamilton’s Fans

Sports Royalty: Lewis Hamilton Opens Up About 2021 Season Finale Drama
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Hamilton credits his upbringing for giving him the strength to “stand up, keep his head high” even in defeat…

Remember the crazy 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix? It’s considered one of the most controversial races on the F1 schedule, sparking debates that lasted for months. Lewis Hamilton certainly hasn’t forgotten it. In a recent interview with GQ, the seven-time champion candidly discussed the contentious race, expressing how it felt like it “robbed” him of a historic eighth title. These statements are reverberating throughout all F1 news outlets.

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A Dramatic End Turns Sour: FIA Decision Sparks Outrage

The 2021 season came down to a nail-biting finale in Abu Dhabi. Hamilton and Max Verstappen were neck-and-neck for the championship, making it a winner-take-all race. But things got messy towards the end with a late safety car caused by Nicholas Latifi’s crash.

Here’s where things get spicy. Then-race director Michael Masi made a controversial call. He only allowed some lapped cars (between Hamilton and Verstappen) to un-lap themselves, giving Verstappen on fresh tires a clear shot to overtake Hamilton and snatch the championship. Critics argued that either all lapped cars should have been un-lapped or the race should have finished under the safety car, making Hamilton the champion.

The FIA, motorsport’s governing body, later admitted Masi made a “human error,” but the damage was done. Hamilton felt like he’d been unfairly denied a record-breaking title.

Toto Wolff practically lived in the FIA office for a week after that! If you haven’t seen his meltdown on Netflix’s Drive to Survive, you gotta check it out. It’s award-worthy… in a “most dramatic team principal” kind of way.

 

Finding Strength in Family: A Defining Moment Witnessed by Dad

Despite the bitterness, Hamilton shared a touching moment from that chaotic day. His father, Anthony, was there by his side. Hamilton credits his upbringing for giving him the strength to “stand up, keep his head high” even in defeat.

He described the moment of congratulating Verstappen as a defining one, a turning point where he chose to rise above the negativity. And according to F1 rumors the relationship between these two has not been good since then.

This race continues to be a hot topic in F1, with replays still sparking debate. While Hamilton still feels the sting of defeat, he’s found some peace by accepting what happened.

Of course, this dramatic ending also played a role in Hamilton’s decision to switch teams for 2025, joining Ferrari in his quest for another championship shot. Maybe 2025 will be the year Lewis finally reaches that record-breaking eighth title!

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