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Max Verstappen confirmed as F1 champion after Mercedes protests rejected at Abu Dhabi GP

Last Updated: 12/12/21 7:25pm



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Karun Chandhok was at the SkyPad to analyse how Max Verstappen won the 2021 Abu Dhabi GP ahead of Lewis Hamilton

Karun Chandhok was at the SkyPad to analyse how Max Verstappen won the 2021 Abu Dhabi GP ahead of Lewis Hamilton

Formula 1 stewards have rejected both of Mercedes’ protests over the dramatic late stages of the Abu Dhabi GP, confirming Max Verstappen as the race winner and 2021 world champion ahead of Lewis Hamilton.

Mercedes still have the right to appeal the verdicts, which were released long after an extraordinary and controversial race finale, although Red Bull and Verstappen were celebrating his maiden F1 title on Sunday night.

“It’s disappointing we had to go through that,” Red Bull boss Christian Horner told Sky Sports News.

“It’s been an amazing year, I’m proud of Max and the whole team. He’s the world champion and the deserving world champion.”

“Relieved,” said Verstappen. “It’s been a very stressful day.”

Mercedes lodged two official protests following an incredible title decider that ended with Verstappen passing Hamilton on the very last lap, one regarding the restart procedure from F1 race director Michael Masi and one alleging that Verstappen overtook Hamilton under the Safety Car.

More to follow.




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