SportF1Verstappen world champion in the most incredible way!

Verstappen world champion in the most incredible way!

We arrived at a historic Sunday, with two geniuses tied on point, and we ended up experiencing something that exceeded all expectations and that no one who has experienced it will ever forget. On the last lap of the Abu Dhabi GP after a Safety Car that changed everything, Verstappen won the battle against Hamilton with a winning overtake and a fierce position defense to take his first title in extremis , becoming the 34th world champion of history

 

Hamilton had Verstappen the wallet at the start and, when the Dutchman tried to retake the lead at Turn 7 with a limit brake, the Englishman ended up holding the lead off the track.

In a maneuver that many times this year (the last one just a week ago) had been resolved by asking the driver who skipped the corner to return the position, this time the FIA decided that there was no need to intervene, and the protests of Max Verstappen and Red Bull were in vain: Hamilton held the first position.

However, Formula 1 always has more, it always surprises, it always amazes, and an accident with Nicholas Latifi in the last laps changed everything. The hard blow made the Safety Car come out, which Verstappen took advantage of to put in for the third time and put on soft tires . The wait was long and finally, after retiring the Williams and cleaning the track at Yas Marina, with just one lap to the checkered flag, the action resumed.

There Verstappen smelled blood and launched himself inside Hamilton in an overtaking that was worth a world championship. The seven-time champion tried to return it later but the #33 was not surprised and stoically endured until the finish line.

That was the third difficult moment that Hamilton experienced since the controversy of the first lap. The first was when he caught up with Checo Pérez , who after the leaders’ first pit stop was in first place. The Mexican, with a slower car and worse tires, held out in a tough battle for two laps, and although that allowed his teammate Verstappen (who praised Checo’s teamwork assuring that he is “a legend”) to approach, nothing prevented Let Hamilton go first.

The second moment appeared when an Antonio Giovinazzi retirement in his last weekend in Formula 1 caused a Virtual Safety Car that Verstappen took advantage of to make his second stop. Thus, in the last 20 laps the Dutchman had fresh tires to get closer to his rival, but not enough to even threaten first place.

However, the final blow was still missing, the Safety Car that brought the peloton together and allowed Verstappen to overtake to become the first Dutch F1 champion.

Before the restart, and during the safety car, Sergio Pérez had to leave due to a breakdown, and Carlos Sainz, who had a race without much action but with great pace, took advantage of it to get third with his fourth podium in his year of racing. debut with Ferrari, his sixth in Formula 1, and take fifth place in the drivers’ championship.

F1 Abu Dhabi GP 2021 Race Results

Cla Pilot laps Weather Difference Interval Points
1 NetherlandsMax Verstappen 58 1:30’17.345     26
2 United KingdomLewis Hamilton 58 1:30’19.601 2.256 2.256 18
3 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. 58 1:30’22.518 5,173 2,917 fifteen
Four Japan Yuki Tsunoda 58 1: 30’23.037 5.692 0.519 12
5 France Pierre Gasly 58 1: 30’23,876 6,531 0.839 10
6 FinlandValtteri Bottas 58 1:30’24.808 7.463 0.932 8
7 United KingdomLando Norris 58 1:31’16.545 59.200 51.737 6
8 SpainFernando Alonso 58 1:31’19.053 1’01.708 2.508 4
9 FranceEsteban Ocon 58 1:31’21.371 1’04.026 2.318 2
10 MonacoCharles Leclerc 58 1:31’23.402 1’06.057 2.031 1
Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21, Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF2

Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21, Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21

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Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21, Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF2

Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21, Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21

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Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21, Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT02, Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M, Esteban Ocon, Alpine A521, Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21, Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT02, Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M, Esteban Ocon, Alpine A521, Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521

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Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M

Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M

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Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M, Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521

Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M, Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521

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Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M, Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521

Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M, Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521

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Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo Racing C41, spins and collides with a barrier

Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo Racing C41, hace un trompo y choca con una barrera

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Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo Racing C41, spins and collides with a barrier

Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo Racing C41, hace un trompo y choca con una barrera

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Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21

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Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21

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Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21

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Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21 Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21 Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21

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Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21, Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21, Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo Racing C41

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21, Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21, Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo Racing C41

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Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21, Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21, Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW43B

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21, Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21, Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW43B

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Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21, Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21, Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW43B

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21, Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21, Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW43B

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Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21

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Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB16B

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B

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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B

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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B

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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, battles Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, on lap one

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, lucha con Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, en la primera vuelta

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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B

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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B

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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, Carlos Sainz Jr, Ferrari SF21, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, Carlos Sainz Jr, Ferrari SF21, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12

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Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-21, George Russell, Williams FW43B

Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-21, George Russell, Williams FW43B

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Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri AT02

Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri AT02

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Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21

Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21

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Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB16B

Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B

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Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

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Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

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Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

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Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

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Carlos Sainz Jr, Ferrari SF21

Carlos Sainz Jr, Ferrari SF21

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Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21, Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21, Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT0

Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21, Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M , Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21, Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT02

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Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, battles Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, lucha con Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, battles Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB16B

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, lucha con Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B

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Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, battles Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, lucha con Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B

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Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB16B

Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B

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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, battles Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, on lap one

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, lucha con Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, en la primera vuelta

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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, battles Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, on lap one

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, lucha con Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, en la primera vuelta

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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, battles Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, for the lead on lap one

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, lucha con Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, por el liderato en la primera vuelta

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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, battles Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, for the lead on lap one

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, lucha con Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, por el liderato en la primera vuelta

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, goes around the inside of the corner, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, se va por el interior de la curva, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B

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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, lucha con Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, lucha con Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, battles Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, on lap one

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, lucha con Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, en la primera vuelta

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12, the rest of the group at the start

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12, el resto del grupo en la salida

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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21, the rest of the group at the start

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21, el resto del grupo en la salida

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Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-21

Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-21

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Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-21, fights Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW43B

Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-21, lucha con Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW43B

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Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-21, fights Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW43B

Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-21, lucha con Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW43B

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Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-21, fights Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW43B

Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-21, lucha con Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW43B

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Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21, Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21

Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21, Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21

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Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21, Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21

Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21, Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21

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Esteban Ocon, Alpine A521, Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521, Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri AT02, Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo Racing C41, Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21

Esteban Ocon, Alpine A521, Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521, Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri AT02, Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo Racing C41, Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21

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Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21

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Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21, Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21, Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21

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Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, goes through the inside of the corner while Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, atraviesa el interior de la curva mientras Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21, Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, the rest of the group at the start

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21, Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, el resto de grupo en la salida

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21, Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, the rest of the group at the start

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21, Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, el resto de grupo en la salida

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, as Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, swerves

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, mientras Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, se desvía

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, as Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, swerves

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, mientras Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, se desvía

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Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M

Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M

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Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M, Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521

Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M, Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521

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Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen battle for the lead

Lewis Hamilton, de Mercedes, y Max Verstappen, de Red Bull Racing, luchan por el liderato

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Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen battle for the lead

Lewis Hamilton, de Mercedes, y Max Verstappen, de Red Bull Racing, luchan por el liderato

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Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B

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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21

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Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT02

Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT02

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Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen battle for the lead

Lewis Hamilton, de Mercedes, y Max Verstappen, de Red Bull Racing, luchan por el liderato

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Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen battle for the lead

Lewis Hamilton, de Mercedes, y Max Verstappen, de Red Bull Racing, luchan por el liderato

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Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen battle for the lead into the first corner

Lewis Hamilton, de Mercedes, y Max Verstappen, de Red Bull Racing, luchan por el liderato en la primera curva

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Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen battle for the lead into the first corner

Lewis Hamilton, de Mercedes, y Max Verstappen, de Red Bull Racing, luchan por el liderato en la primera curva

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Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21, Yuki Tsunoda, Alpha Tauri AT0

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21, Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT02

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Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21

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Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT02, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12

Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT02, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12

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Arrancada Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B

Arrancada Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21, the rest of the grid at the start

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21, el resto de la parrilla en la salida

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, the rest of the grid as Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, walks away

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, el resto de la parrilla mientras Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, se va de largo

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, the rest of the grid at the start

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, el resto de la parrilla en la salida

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, the rest of the grid at the start

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, el resto de la parrilla en la salida

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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12, and the rest of the pack on lap one

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12, y el resto del grupo en la primera vuelta

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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, arrives on the grid

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, llega a la parrilla

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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, arrives on the grid

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, llega a la parrilla

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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, arrives on the grid

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, llega a la parrilla

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Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-21, arrives on the grid

Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-21, llega a la parrilla

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F1 Abu Dhabi GP 2021 Race Summary

Verstappen started worse than Hamilton and lost the lead on the way to the first corner, while Pérez and Sainz surprised Norris. However, the two candidates for the title would meet again at turn 7, after the straight in which the Dutchman tried to take advantage of the slipstream of the British.

The Red Bull rider launched from far away, but staying inside, and after touching Hamilton cut the corner to come out ahead. However, despite the fact that he was expected to be asked to return the position and the lead to his rival, the FIA decided that no investigation was necessary and Hamilton, despite Max’s anger and everyone’s surprise, remained first.

Also, despite starting with mediums, Hamilton had the pace to stay ahead and actually pull away, and so the laps went by without much action either at the front or in the middle. Verstappen was already four seconds behind by lap 10 and Pérez was calmly holding on to third place without being able to help his teammate.

Red Bull puts Verstappen and Mercedes in Hamilton, first stops in Abu Dhabi

On lap 14, Verstappen made his pitstop to install hard and go all the way. He rejoined the track after Norris and very little ahead of a Leclerc who had to skip a corner to avoid taking the #33 ahead, losing position with Tsunoda at times.

Verstappen was able to quickly pass Norris, who was struggling with his gearbox, and Mercedes reacted by bringing in Hamilton on lap 15, leaving Perez in front, with Hamilton second, Sainz third and Verstappen fourth.

The title candidate lost time for three laps behind Sainz (it didn’t happen until lap 18), while Red Bull warned Pérez that Hamilton was second. The pace of the Mercedes was devilish and it didn’t take long to hunt down Checo, arriving within a shot of DRS on lap 20.

Checo Pérez’s great defense in Abu Dhabi and Hamilton regains first place

There Pérez, with a much slower car, managed to withstand Hamilton’s attacks, returning the first overtaking, and resisting harshly for two laps. He was ultimately unable to hold off Hamilton, but managed to get Verstappen, who was eight seconds behind before that battle, to within two when Perez, outmatched by Hamilton, stepped aside and let his leader pass.

But with clean air, Hamilton for the moment proved to have a superior car, and tenth by tenth he distanced himself. From behind the stops continued to occur, leaving Bottas third and Alonso fifth, both still without making their pitstop. On lap 26, Raikkonen spun in which he touched the wall, and when he returned to the box his team informed him that he had to leave, ending his last Formula 1 race beforehand. A peculiar guy is leaving and a brilliant pilot.

Almost at the same time, George Russell suffered another problem in his Williams and became the second retirement of the day.

Bottas finally stopped on lap 31, dropping to ninth between Leclerc and Tsunoda, leaving Alonso fourth and Sainz sixth. The Finn began to chase down Leclerc, who despite a sensational defense eventually had to give up to a faster car and newer tyres.

Virtual Safety Car in Abu Dhabi and Verstappen’s change of strategy

On lap 36, Antonio Giovinazzi had to stop his Alfa Romeo for a breakdown, which instituted a Virtual Safety Car period. Hamilton sat out and Verstappen decided to go in and fit new hard tyres. Pérez also made his pitstop and Alonso and Gasly finally changed their old tires.

Alonso had a tough battle with Tsunoda fighting for seventh place. And despite the fact that the Spaniard gained the position at times by going off the track, the Japanese recovered that place by using the DRS.

Then, Alonso saw how Gasly also overtook him with a superior AlphaTauri, while ahead Verstappen cut Hamilton’s time lap by lap with fresher tires, although not enough as both were dodging lapped.

Lando Norris suffered a slow puncture and had to make a second stop, leaving Sainz fourth and Bottas fifth.

Drama after the Safety Car in Abu Dhabi

There were six laps remaining when Nicholas Latifi crashed his Williams after a mistake on lap 14 and caused the safety car to go out. While Hamilton protested that Mercedes did not stop him, Red Bull did bring Verstappen in and equipped him with soft ones. That left a movie ending, with the two rivals stuck and the Red Bull with new tires… and soft.

While we waited for the restart, the energy drinks team had to ask Checo Pérez to withdraw the car, which gave Sainz the podium.

And the end of the story arrived. Verstappen was patient enough to wait for the turn 5 braking, the clear point where to overtake, and go ahead to be champion.

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