Max Verstappen sealed his first F1 world championship by overtaking one of the greatest F1 drivers Lewis Hamilton in the last lap of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
We witnessed drama throughout this whole season, and there was drama in the finale as it ended in protests to the stewards long after the trophies had been awarded. However, the stewards rejected the protests, and now Mercedes will have to appeal against the decision to the court of arbitration for sport.
What Mercedes saw as an unfair FIA intervention was when Verstappen pitted during a late safety car period for fresh tyres, which ensured that he was on Hamilton’s tail for the final lap shootout. Horner had requested from the FIA race director to allow the lapped cars between Verstappen and Hamilton to unlap, leaving the title contenders closed up for the crucial final lap.
However, after the race ended, the highest-paid F1 driver congratulated Verstappen on his win and said that this was one of the toughest Formula 1 seasons and his proud of how good of a job they did this year.