Lewis Hamilton claims he was ‘obviously robbed’ of a record-breaking eighth world championship in 2021 against Max Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen went into the 2021 Abu Dhabi GP equal on points.


Lewis Hamilton claims he was ‘obviously robbed’ of a record-breaking eighth world championship in 2021 against Max Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton [L] Max Verstappen [R] (Via IMAGO)

It has been over two years since the infamous Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen‘s 2021 F1 world championship saga. The latter won the title under shady circumstances and after all the time that has gone by, Hamilton has recently made it known that he was ‘obviously robbed’ during that accursed night in Abu Dhabi.

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During the 58-lap Abu Dhabi GP in 2021, Lewis Hamilton was on course to secure an eighth world championship, but during the latter stages, the race was thrown into utter chaos. Then Williams driver, Nicholas Latifi crashed on lap 53, and the decisions that were made after that by then FIA Director, Michael Masi, pretty much knocked Hamilton out of the race.

In a recent in-detail interview, the 39-year-old took the time to talk about that night!

Was I robbed? Obviously. I mean, you know the story. But I think what was really beautiful in that moment, which I take away from it, was my dad was with me. And we’d gone through this huge roller coaster of life together, ups and downs. And I obviously went to congratulate Max.
Lewis Hamilton said in an interview with GQ sports

Hamilton has made it quite clear that while he was disappointed with the end result of the 2021 Abu Dhabi GP, what mattered to him more was that his father was there to support him. Moreover, he has also made it known that he went up to Max Verstappen to congratulate him on his maiden world championship.

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Lewis Hamilton is now at ‘peace’ with the 2021 Abu Dhabi GP ending

While Hamilton has left no stone unturned in making it known that he was robbed of an eighth-world championship, he also feels that after the passage of so much time since 2021, he is now somewhat at peace with it. However, he still feels a slight ache whenever he sees a clip of that event.

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton ( Image via IMAGO)

Hamilton and Verstappen were equal on points heading into the 2021 Abu Dhabi GP.

If I see a clip of it, I still feel it. But I’m at peace with it.
Lewis Hamilton said in the same interview

The 39-year-old has been competing at the pinnacle of motor racing since 2007. Over the years, he has become an absolute legend of the sport and despite his 2021 setback, is continuing in F1. His 2025 move to Ferrari is most probably his last throw of the dice to win an eighth title.

However, keeping in view that Hamilton will have to deal with the prolific Charles Leclerc next year, it could become a challenging task for the Brit to win another world championship. It is also not a guarantee that Ferrari will come up with championship-worthy cars in the upcoming years.

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