F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix LIVE RESULTS: Max Verstappen wins world title in incredible, controversial finish

MAX VERSTAPPEN has won a heart-stopping, controversial finale to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton was pegged in by a safety car, allowing Max Verstappen to pit for a new set of tyres, while the Brit could not stop.

Hamilton had the chance to change his tyres with 20 laps to go but has gambled on keeping an old set of rubbers to close in on the world tile.

The pair made contact in the first lap after the Brit got an incredible jump on his rival at the start.

But after an investigation stewards have decided not to punish the reigning world champ.

Instead of giving a place back to Verstappen he only had to give back time. Red Bull were convinced he DIDN’T ease up and complained but the stewards were satisfied Hamilton did do so.


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  • DRIVERS CELEBRATE AND COMMISERATE HAMILTON AND VERSTAPPEN

    Vettel and Schumacher huge Hamilton ein the weight room.

    While Norris and Sainz hug Verstappen as he celebrates the title.

  • HAMILTON LOST FOR WORDS

    His race engineer says: “I’m just speechless Lewis, absolutely speechless.”

    Hamilton does not reply.

    There’s a lot of discussion in Mercedes’ garage as they feel aggrieved.

  • OUR NEW WORLD CHAMPION!

  • MAX VERSTAPPEN WINS THE RACE AND THE 2021 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP!!

    Verstappen screams down the radio as the pit wall send wild cheers in return.

    Mercedes are absolutely furious.

    Christian Horner and Verstappen are crying their eyes out.

    “We needed a bit of luck and we got it,” says Christian Horner to Verstappen on team radio. “We love you. We ****ing love you.”

    Both Horner and Verstappen clearly in tears.

    “We needed a bit of luck and we got it,” says Christian Horner to Verstappen on team radio. “We love you. We ****ing love you.”

  • ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX CONTINUES FOR ONE LAST LAP

    The cars are allowed to lap the safety car, meaning it’s a straight shoot out.

    VERSTAPPEN PASSES HAMILTON ON TURN 5

  • LAP 57 OF 58 – VERSTAPPEN LAUGHS OFF DECISION

    “Yeah, of course. Typical decision,” says Verstappen.

    He adds: “I’m not surprised.”

  • THREE LAPS REMAING

    We could have one racing lap, as this 2021 championship fight could be settled on the final lap.

    Perez has been told to retire the car, handing Mercedes the constructors championship.

    The lapped cars will not be allowed to overtake Hamilton, meaning Verstappen has a handful of cars between him and Hamilton.

  • WILL WE GET ANY MORE RACING LAPS?

    Brundle said: “Max Verstappen has fresh tyres, Lewis has worn tyres. Red Bull have nothing to lose here.

    “Will there be any more racing laps? If there are, Max has got the tyres to do something.”

  • LAP 52 – FULL SAFETY CAR

    Nicolas Latifi has crashed and the stewards have called for a safety car.

    Verstappen stops for soft tyres while Hamilton is stays out of the pits again.

    Hamilton sighs over the radio and says: “That’s unbelievable man.”

    Hamilton could be left in the lurch if the race restarts.

  • LAP 51 – VERSTAPPEN HAS FIVE CARS TO LAP

    Verstappen has five cars to lap after Norris’ pit stop, as he trails Hamilton by 11 seconds with six laps remaining.

    Brundle added: “Lewis’ pace on tyres that have been on since Lap 14 is really quite sensational.”

  • HORNER SAYS ‘WE NEED A MIRACLE’

    The Red Bull boss tells Sky F1: “The pace of the Mercedes is just too strong today. We’re going to need a miracle to turn this around.

    “Max will drive his heart out these last 10 laps, you can guarantee that.”

  • LAP 50 – HAMILTON TOLD TO BE CAREFUL OF THE CURBS

    Lando Norris was forced to pit due to a slow puncture after riding the curbs… giving Hamilton something else to worry about.

    He is told to avoid the curbs on the final two turns of the circuit.

  • LAP 48 – VERSTAPPEN TAKES A SECOND OUT OF HAMILTON’S LEAD

    Martin Brundle said: “Verstappen just took a second out of the lead there… but it’s still a dozen seconds.”

    “But that may be down to Hamilton lapping the four cars.

    “Hamilton’s dashboard is saying there are less laps remaining but his engineers have assured him to ignore the dash.”

  • LAP 46 – SEASON CLIMAX APPROACHING

    Verstappen is chasing Hamilton but he is not showing the raw speed he needs to catch Hamilton by the end of the race.

    The lead is now at 13.2 seconds with 11 laps remaining.

  • LAP 45 – HAMILTON WARNED OF BACK MARKERS

    There are four cars ahead of Hamilton who are expected to be lapped.

    He is warned to show extra caution as the cars ahead are scrapping for places.

    Hamilton leads by almost 14 seconds.

    Here’s the traffic jam which awaits him further up the road.

    F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix LIVE RESULTS: Max Verstappen wins world title in incredible, controversial finish
  • LAP 43 – CAN HAMILTON HANG ON?

    This tremendous title race is expected to go down to the wire.

    Brundle questions: “Can Hamilton keep pushing that hard on these tyres?”

    Sky F1 reporter Ted Kravitz added” “Pirelli say the hard tyre will do 50 laps, but we’ve seen higher degradation in the race.”

  • LAP 40 – HAMILTON QUESTIONS MERCEDES

    He said: “Bit of a risk leaving me out, no?”

    Mercedes reiterated they could not risk losing track position to Verstappen.

  • LAP 37 – HAMILTON STAYS OUT, VERSTAPPEN PITS

    Mercedes opt not to bring Hamilton in for fresh tyres under the virtual safety car, which appears to be a brave choice.

    Brundle explains Mercedes’ tricky position, while Red Bull had to gamble.

    He said: “I guess what Mercedes were nervous of there was if Hamilton pitted and Verstappen stayed out and kept track position.”

    Verstappen is now 17 seconds behind Hamilton with fresh tyres.

  • LAP 36 – VIRTUAL SAFETY CAR

    Giovinazzi stops on track.

    He is the second Alpha Romeo to retire from the race as he is also leaivng F1 after this race.

  • LAP 34 – BOTTAS PASSES LECLERC

    The Mercedes was able to dive past Leclerc’s Ferrari at the hairpin.

    Bottas moves up to eighth with Norris being his next target, 2.5 seconds up the road.

  • LAP 31 – BOTTAS FINALLY PITS

    The Finn pulls into the pits and rejoins in ninth place with a fresh set of hard tyres.

    Verstappen and Red Bull are eyeing another pit stop for a fresh set of hard tyres.

    But Hamilton has stretched his lead to over five seconds meaning he has enough of a lead to react to a Verstappen pit stop, rather than being at risk to the undercut.

  • LAP 28 – RUSSELL NOW RETIRES

    The young Brit lost drive in his Williams but he was able to nurse the car back to the pit-lane.

    Russell managed to avoid stopping on the track and therefore a safety car which would have thrown another spanner in the works in regards to the title fight.

  • LAP 27 – RAIKKONEN RETIRES FROM THE RACE

    The F1 legend is given a round of applause as he steps out of the car in his final race.

    The Alpha Romeo appeared to have a brake failure a he skidded off into the barrier.

    Raikkonen made it back into the pits but the team decided to retire the car.

    F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix LIVE RESULTS: Max Verstappen wins world title in incredible, controversial finish
  • A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN

    Verstappen and Hamilton are 20 seconds ahead of the rest of the pack as they push each other for the lead of the race.

    Hamilton’s lead has continued to grow as Hamilton is three seconds ahead.

  • LAP 24 – HAMILTON GRADUALLY STARTS TO PULL AWAY

    The Brit appears to have the slightly quicker car this afternoon.

    He has stretched his lead to 2.5 seconds.

    Sky F1’s Martin Brundle said: “As we said in Brazil and Qatar, Red Bull don’t have an answer to Mercedes’ raw speed.”

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