Max Verstappen has ended rival Sir Lewis Hamilton’s F1 championship reign, after he beat him on the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The Purple Bull Racing and Mercedes drivers had been tied with 369.5 factors every forward of Sunday’s (12.12.21) massive finale, which has solely occurred as soon as earlier than in F1 historical past.
And Verstappen, 24, made historical past as the primary racer from the Netherlands to win the Driver’s Championship through the epic showdown, whereas he claimed his workforce’s first drivers’ title since 2013.
Hamilton, 36, has beforehand received seven F1 Driver’s Championships, like F1 legend Michael Schumacher.
Nonetheless, Verstappen put an finish to his consecutive wins.
The victory got here within the very last lap and amid tense scenes at Yas Marina racetrack.
Verstappen had new tires fitted for the ultimate restart of the race after he was 11 seconds behind Hamilton when Williams Racing’s Nicholas Latifi had a smash with 5 laps left to go.
System 1 had mentioned that the vehicles between Verstappen and Hamilton wouldn’t be allowed to go Hamilton earlier than they restarted.
Nonetheless, officers swiftly modified their minds, and Verstappen was given the chance to overcome his rival by restarting on his bumper.
Relations between Verstappen and Hamilton have grown intense within the build-up.
Verstappen admitted forward of the ultimate race when requested if his view of his competitor and Mercedes has modified: “Sure very a lot, and never in a optimistic method.”
And requested about intentional crashes to assert the title – which motorsports governing physique the FIA warned would see racers penalised for – Hamilton mentioned: “I wish to imagine everybody desires to do it in the correct method, so I do not even let that creep into my thoughts.”