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WATCH: All the drama as Verstappen crowned F1 champ

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Dec 13, 2021

In a season of high drama, Verstappen claimed his maiden driver’s championship, with the Dutch driver outpacing Lewis Hamilton on the final lap of the final race on Sunday.

Mercedes immediately protested against the dramatic safety car procedure that allowed one final opportunity for Verstappen to overtake Hamilton to clinch the world championship.

However, this appeal was ultimately dismissed by the stewards, with Verstappen crowned champion.

BREAKING: The FIA Stewards have dismissed Mercedes’ protests against the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix final classification #AbuDhabiGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/VPNIfaFDMC

— Formula 1 (@F1) December 12, 2021

“MAX VERSTAPPEN YOU ARE THE WORLD CHAMPION!”

Listen to the full radio after Max Verstappen crossed the line to clinch his first world title in the most dramatic of circumstances#AbuDhabiGP #F1 https://t.co/fyNjPBrIks

— Formula 1 (@F1) December 12, 2021

INCREDIBLE SCENES AS MAX VERSTAPPEN SNATCHES F1 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ON FINAL LAP

Verstappen had taken advantage of a safety car after Nicholas Latifi crashed

With the race director instructing only certain “lapped” cars to go past Hamilton, it resulted in competitive race conditions for the two title contenders to battle it out under a green light for one final lap.

Verstappen and Hamilton, who went into the race level on points, went wheel to wheel to the chequered flag with the Dutchman edging the race.

Until then, Hamilton had been coasting, his eighth world title seemingly in the bag, but Red Bull then received an unlikely “miracle” after Latifi crashed.

It allowed Red Bull to enforce a pit stop for Verstappen, who put on fresh tyres, while Hamilton didn’t pit as Mercedes didn’t want him to lose pole position if the race ended under the safety car.

Although Red Bull and Verstappen celebrated the Dutch driver’s maiden title, Mercedes have lodged an appeal, but it won’t alter the end result.

Another brilliant #F1 watch …. this time following #ChristianHorner on the #RedBull pit wall for the final lap. pic.twitter.com/hN97GMdLJl

— BenS (@SilkyLegend) December 12, 2021

The journey to the top of the world for @Max33Verstappen #AbuDhabiGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/rHHH4H0oUj

— Formula 1 (@F1) December 12, 2021

POSNODRIVERCARLAPSTIME/RETIREDPTS133Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA581:30:17.34526244Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES58+2.256s18355Carlos SainzFERRARI58+5.173s15422Yuki TsunodaALPHATAURI HONDA58+5.692s12510Pierre GaslyALPHATAURI HONDA58+6.531s10677Valtteri BottasMERCEDES58+7.463s874Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES58+59.200s6814Fernando AlonsoALPINE RENAULT58+61.708s4931Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT58+64.026s21016Charles LeclercFERRARI58+66.057s1115Sebastian VettelASTON MARTIN MERCEDES58+67.527s0123Daniel RicciardoMCLAREN MERCEDES57+1 lap01318Lance StrollASTON MARTIN MERCEDES57+1 lap01447Mick SchumacherHAAS FERRARI57+1 lap01511Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING HONDA55DNF0NC6Nicholas LatifiWILLIAMS MERCEDES50DNF0NC99Antonio GiovinazziALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI33DNF0NC63George RussellWILLIAMS MERCEDES26DNF0NC7Kimi RäikkönenALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI25DNF0

Max Verstappen wins WDC

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