January 23, 2022

Verstappen claims maiden F1 championship in drama-packed finale

Max Verstappen has ripped a file eighth title away from Lewis Hamilton with a move on the ultimate lap of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to shut one of the thrilling Method One seasons in years as the primary Dutch world champion.

Hamilton was cruising previous Michael Schumacher’s file of seven titles on Sunday in a race he managed till Nicholas Latifi crashed with 5 laps remaining.

F1 despatched out the protection automobile for a cleanup and resumed the race with one lap remaining. Purple Bull seized the chance to place quicker, delicate tyres on Verstappen’s automobile, giving him the benefit in a final-lap shootout.

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Purple Bull received its first F1 title since 2013; Mercedes had received each championship since. (Getty)

Hamilton and Verstappen began side-by-side for one last journey round Yas Marina Circuit and the British driver surged to the lead.

Verstappen stalked him by the primary 4 turns then made his move in flip 5 and pulled away in his Purple Bull.

It was a becoming finish to a season that noticed the 2 contenders go wheel-to-wheel over 22 races spanning 4 continents and arrive in Abu Dhabi tied within the championship standings. It marked the primary time the contenders have been equal on the season finale since 1974.

Race winner and 2021 champion Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Purple Bull Racing is congratulated by runner up within the race and championship Lewis Hamilton of Nice Britain and Mercedes. (Photograph by Lars Baron/Getty Pictures) (Getty)

However Hamilton had the race properly underneath management till the Latifi crash.

Purple Bull boss Christian Horner at one stage even admitted “we’d like a miracle”.

“Oh my God!” Verstappen screamed over his radio as he handed the chequered flag.

“You’re the world champion! The world champion!” Horner screamed again.

“Let’s do that for an additional 10 or 15 years!” Verstappen replied.

Purple Bull received its first F1 title since 2013; Mercedes had received each championship since.

Purple Bull driver Max Verstappen celebrates on the rostrum. (AP Photograph/Kamran Jebreili, Pool) (AP)

A number of rival drivers headed to the grid to congratulate Verstappen as Hamilton sat immobile inside his Mercedes.

The defeat ended his reign of 4 consecutive titles and denied Hamilton an opportunity to move Schumacher as greatest all-time in F1.

“Congratulations to Max and to his group, I feel he did a tremendous job this yr,” Hamilton stated to shut what had grow to be a bitter rivalry this season between Mercedes and Purple Bull.

Hamilton acquired a protracted hug within the storage from his father, who then went to the storage and hugged each Verstappen and Verstappen’s father.

Jos Verstappen was himself a former F1 driver and raised his 24-year-old son to grow to be a world champion.

Mission completed.