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Breaking: F1 2021 World Title: Lewis Hamilton Calls Out FIA Over ‘Manipulation’ Of Last Lap

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Lewis Hamilton accused the FIA of manipulating the final race of the season shortly before losing his Formula One world title to Max Verstappen, it has emerged.

The Mercedes driver was generous in defeat in Abu Dhabi after his dreams of an eighth world title controversially ended in a final lap showdown. But on that last lap, after Verstappen had passed him, Hamilton said over the radio: “This has been manipulated, man.”

Max Verstappen celebrates with the trophy after winning his first F1 drivers’ title in extraordinary fashion.

Max Verstappen beats Lewis Hamilton to F1 world title on last lap in Abu Dhabi

After Nicholas Latifi crashed his Williams on lap 53 of 58 the expectation would ordinarily have been for the race to conclude under the safety car. However, Mercedes believe there was an unfair FIA intervention from the race director, Michael Masi, to ensure Verstappen was right behind Hamilton for that final‑lap shootout.

Mercedes lodged two protests on Sunday night but both were rejected by race stewards. However, they have given notice of intention to appeal against that decision – and now have until 7pm on Thursday to decide whether to go ahead.

Meanwhile Verstappen, who was nursing a sore head after celebrating through the night which ended to the soundtrack of We Are The Champions by Queen, has admitted the FIA may look to change the rules that led to his dramatic last‑lap victory.

“Always after things like this you are going to look into what can we do or what should have been done,” he said. “It’s the same in football. Should it have been a penalty? Shouldn’t it have not? What can we improve? These kinds of things you’ve got to bring up for sure. But I and the team didn’t do anything wrong. We just raced when there was a green light, so that also made it really enjoyable for us to be celebrating.”

Verstappen also revealed he had been sent a message from the Mercedes team principal, Toto Wolff, saying he deserved to win the world title. “Toto sent me a text. ‘Congratulations on the season’ and that I deserved to win it. So that was very nice of him. Of course, emotions ran very high to that last lap from both sides. Both teams gave it all to the end and it was just an amazing battle.”

Max Verstappen accepts Lewis Hamilton’s congratulations after the controversial ending to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Photograph: Xinhua/Shutterstock

The 24-year-old, who won his first world championship, also paid tribute to Hamilton, saying he was impressed by his sportsmanship. “Of course it helps that you already have seven titles,” he joked. “I think that comforts him a bit. I think if it’s the other way around, it would be more painful for me. But Lewis is a great sportsman in general. He came up to me and congratulated me. And it must have been very tough in that last lap.

“It also shows the respect we have for each. Of course we had our tough times throughout the season but in the end, you know we respect what we were doing and we’re pushing each other to the limit the whole season. So it has been really enjoyable racing against them.”

Meanwhile the FIA’s handling of the controversial ending to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has been heavily criticised as the sport “marking its own homework” by a leading international arbitration lawyer. Duncan Bagshaw, a barrister at Howard Kennedy specialising in international arbitration and litigation, was dismissive of the process and said Mercedes would be in a strong position to mount legal action.

Christian Horner, the Red Bull team principal, had asked Masi to allow the lapped cars between Verstappen and Hamilton to unlap themselves, leaving the title protagonists closed‑up for the crucial final lap. It was initially stated they would not be allowed to do so but it was then announced that those five cars specifically could unlap themselves.

When racing resumed Hamilton was a sitting duck on much older tyres and Verstappen swiftly passed him to take the win and the title. Mercedes protested against the handling of the safety car procedures but their protests were rejected.

Bagshaw said: “Everybody wanted to see that race finish in racing conditions but the rule makes it very clear that any cars that have been lapped by the leader have to be allowed to pass the leading cars and the safety car before the race is restarted and he did not allow that to happen. It’s very important for Mercedes to give the message that racing is the most important thing to this sport.”

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Lewis Hamilton Was Given Surprising Advice For F1 Career: ‘Should Go To Red Bull!’

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LEWIS HAMILTON was given surprising career advice as Eddie Jordan suggested the Briton should join Red Bull.

Lewis Hamilton will return to Formula 1 next season despite his anger over last season’s final race, Martin Brundle has said. The Mercedes man is said to be still furious with the FIA after a controversial decision from race director Michael Masi helped Max Verstappen win his first world title on the last lap. In a special edition of The F1 Show titled Abu Dhabi: One Month On, Brundle was asked whether Hamilton and Mercedes could consider leaving F1 ‒ but was adamant in his response.

He said: “Absolutely not, I don’t buy any of it to be honest.

“I’m sure Toto has been asked by Lewis, ‘what are you doing about this?’ But Formula 1 is fantastically successful for the Mercedes-Benz brand, while Lewis is 37 years old and we know he’s driving at his peak, incredibly determined and competitive.

“He’ll be back.”

While Hamilton has enjoyed dominance at Mercedes since 2014, this hasn’t stopped speculation around his future.

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In 2020, Eddie Jordan suggested Hamilton should make the move to Red Bull.

He said: “I personally believe Lewis should go to Red Bull and not to Ferrari.”

When asked in 2020 about the prospect of Hamilton joining Red Bull, Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said “never say never”.

He added: “Never say never. I’ve seen crazier things in my life.

“But I don’t see why Lewis would do that.

“He has a very strong personal bond with the Mercedes brand and the team that he helped to create.

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“At the moment we are giving him the best car and we have mutual trust in each other. We still have successful times ahead of us.

“I do not believe such a move for him would be rationally understandable.”

The Mercedes boss has also commented on Hamilton’s future this weekend, saying it would be a “disgrace” if the seven-time world champion didn’t continue in Formula 1.

Wolff told Kronen Zeitung: “I really hope we see him again. It would be a disgrace for the whole of F1 if the best driver decided to retire because of outrageous decisions.”

He added: “No matter what obstacle has been thrown at him, he has known all his life that he has to [do] his talking on the track.

“But it is incredibly difficult for him, until he has found a way between understanding what is right and what is wrong. That just takes time.”

The FIA’s investigation findings are set to be released just two days before the first race of the 2022 season, meaning the furore around last season’s finale is likely to remain a hot topic going into Bahrain.

On the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Wolff added: “That will never be forgotten. Because what happened to Lewis was just wrong.

“He was unbeatable that day, until race control blew its fuses. They committed three violations of the rules. That’s just hard to understand.

“It will always follow us ‒ although Max Verstappen was a worthy world champion over the season. But that day, one was better than the other ‒ and they didn’t win.”

Despite the fortune that came Verstappen’s way, he has received many plaudits for his performances last season.

The Dutchman was praised this week by his former teammate Alex Albon, who lauded Verstappen’s mental strength.

He told motorsport-total.com: “More than anything, I was surprised by his ability not to worry.

“Mentally he’s incredible. He just drives the car and doesn’t think about the consequences or anything else that’s going on. That inspired me.

“If [Max] finished behind Lewis, he would say ‘okay, it doesn’t matter’. If he led a race or won a race, it was also ‘okay, whatever’.

“I admire that because it’s not easy to be in the limelight as much as he is.”

 

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Lewis Hamilton: CNN Sends Birthday Message To The ‘Greatest F1 Driver Ever’

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Lewis Hamilton: CNN Has Sent Birthday Message To the ‘Greatest Car Racer Ever’.

 

Congratulations is in order for Sir Lewis Hamilton as he adds a year today. And as birthday wishes pour in from all over the world for the ‘best F1 driver of all time, CityNews Nigeria(CNN) has joined in the celebration by saying ‘ Happy Birthday Sir Lewis Hamilton,We Love You,Continue To Shine….Ahoy Brother.

 

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AFCON 2021: ‘I see terrorists bombing stadium in Cameroon’ – Prophet

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Prophet Nigel Gaisie of the True Word Fire Prophetic Ministries has warned of a terrorist attack during the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, in Cameroon.

Gaisie disclosed that he foresaw terrorists detonating explosives in a stadium during the AFCON tournament.

Addressing his members, the Ghanaian-based prophet urged participating countries to be prayerful in averting disaster during the tournament in Cameroon.

According to Prophet Gaisie: “This is an international prophecy. The Lord carried my spirit into a place like Cameroon concerning the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

“I saw something like players standing on a stretcher and they were in pain as some of them were crying.

“Let the nation Cameroon pray and any other qualified team also do same because I’m seeing something like a terrorist attack and explosive attacks.

“I’m seeing that something happened at the stadium and the whole place was in disorder and people died.”

DAILY POST recalls that the Ghanaian government had cautioned pastors against issuing prophecies that would cause panic and fear.

The 2021 AFCON being hosted in Cameroon will commence on Sunday, January 9, 2022.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Super Eagles had arrived in Cameroon ahead of the commencement of the tournament.

Super Eagles of Nigeria had arrived in Garoua, Cameroon on Thursday.

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