Lewis Hamilton consoled by his dad after losing F1 title on last lap at Abu Dhabi GP

Lewis Hamilton was embraced by his father Anthony Hamilton, after his bid to win a record breaking eighth Formula 1 title was ended on the final lap of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton’s father Anthony Hamilton consoled his heartbroken son, after Max Verstappen dramatically pipped the seven-time world champion to this year’s Formula One World Championship.

Throughout the duration of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Hamilton appeared to be on course to win a record breaking eighth F1 World Championship.

However, Verstappen opportunistically capitalised on a disruption caused by a safety car, proceeding to overtake the Mercedes driver on the final lap

It was an extremely controversial ending to Hamilton and Verstappen’s ferocious rivalry this season.

And shortly after Verstappen secured his first ever F1 World championship, Hamilton was consoled by his father and inspiration, who has tirelessly supported him since he was a young prodigy.

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Lewis Hamilton’s father was seen consoling his son after his dramatic loss in the final lap
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Hamilton senior worked three different jobs to help fund the Mercedes’ star’s F1 ambitions, when he was a raw talent behind the wheel many years ago

As well as consoling his son, Hamilton also demonstrated exemplary sportsmanship and class, by congratulating Verstappen and his father Jos Verstappen shortly after the tumultuous contest.

He approached the jubilant pair and shook their hands, despite the controversial way they secured their first world championship.

Shortly after processing the disappointment, Hamilton also followed his father’s example, praising Verstappen’s victory, before expressing his gratitude towards his own teams’ efforts.

“Firstly congratulations to Max and to his team. I think we did an amazing job this year,” said Hamilton.

“My team, everyone back at the factory, have worked so hard this whole year, it’s been the most difficult of seasons.

“ I’m so proud of them and I’m so grateful to be a part of the journey with them.







Verstappen overtook Hamilton in the dying stages of the Abu Dhabi Grand-Prix
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“This last part of the season we gave it absolutely everything and never gave up.

Hamilton appeared to be in control, after opening a ten second lead over the Dutchman coming into the final five laps.

While Verstappen made up plenty of ground, Hamilton still seemed to be on his way to his 8 th World Championship when he cruised into the final lap in first position.







Max Verstappen pipped Lewis Hamilton to the title in incredible fashion
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However, the race was turned on its head when a crash for Williams’ driver Nicolas Latifi disrupted proceedings.

A safety car came out and then departed the track on the penultimate lap, thus enabling one lap of racing which Verstappen completely took control of.

The Red Bull ace proceeded to dramatically overtake his Mercedes rival, and hold on to secure his first world title.

It was an astonishing conclusion to their battle this year, and despite their vociferous dislike of each other this year, Verstappen also cast light on Hamilton’s excellent driving this season.






Hamilton was crestfallen after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

“Lewis is an amazing driver, an amazing competitor,” said Verstappen.

“They made it really really hard for us. The two teams went against each other and we had some tough times but that’s part of sport and the emotion, everyone wants to win.

“It could have gone either way today and next year we’ll come back and try it all over again.

“My goal when I was little was to become an F1 driver. You hope for wins, you hope to be on the podium, when they play the national anthem you one day hope they’ll play yours.”

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