The intervention of the safety car changed the fate of the Abu Dhabi GP, leading to the title of Max Verstappen to the detriment of Lewis Hamilton.
The day after the Grand Prix Dhabi, the crowning of Max Verstappen to the detriment of Lewis Hamilton keep reacting. In question, the conditions of intervention of the safety car at the end of the race, having favored the victorious overtaking of the Dutchman on the Briton during the restart in the last lap, to the benefit of new tires and latecomers who could not get by. split only very late, after a first reverse instruction given by the race director. Moreover, contesting this Safety Car procedure, the Mercedes team first filed a double complaint, which was entirely rejected, before submitting its intention to appeal.
=> F1 – Abu Dhabi: complaint rejected, Mercedes wants to appeal
Beaten on the edge in the quest for a record eighth world title, Lewis Hamilton took care, during the interview preceding the podium ceremony, to begin his speech by addressing his « congratulations to Max and his team “. For his part, the Dutchman, just crowned with a first crown in F1, confided to have “A lot of respect for Lewis” and that it was “Great satisfaction to have won against him”.
=> The video of the last decisive lap between Verstappen and Hamilton
But just before the arrival, a message de Lewis Hamilton has escaped the live retransmission of the international signal since it concerns its on-board camera. Broadcast on F1 TV, this last lap sequence marked by our colleagues from Motorsport.com allows you to hear the next message, released on the radio by the seven-time world champion, just overtaken by his rival: “It’s been manipulated, man”. To which his track engineer, Peter Bonnington, was responding just after crossing the finish line, in a live broadcast message: “I’m just speechless Lewis. Absolutely speechless. “
Among the twenty drivers who make up the grid, we also retain the reaction of George Russell (Williams). Future Mercedes driver alongside Lewis Hamilton from the 2022 season, the young Briton did not mince his words about the unfolding of this end of the race: “What happened is absolutely unacceptable. I can’t believe what I saw. “
Max is an absolutely fantastic driver who has had an incredible season and I have nothing but huge respect for him, but what just happened is absolutely unacceptable. I cannot believe what we’ve just seen.
— George Russell (@GeorgeRussell63) December 12, 2021
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