Mercedes simulator driver Anthony Davidson says the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix “was manipulated to finish under racing circumstances with only five cars allowed to overtake”.
In a panel discussion on Sky Sports F1 regarding the controversial decisions that were made at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which allowed Max Verstappen to become the 2021 champion, Mercedes simulator driver Anthony Davidson was very direct in his verdict on what actually happened.
“Well, look, they [Mercedes] were really bruised from it,” Davidson said.
“They still are and rightly so. It was unfair like Karun [Chandhok] said. I think they were really robbed. Lewis was robbed of that race victory without question.
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“Yes, it was manipulated to finish under racing circumstances with only five cars allowed to overtake.”
Davidson added only allowing lapped cars between Hamilton and Verstappen to unlap themselves was unfair to drivers behind them.
“[It’s] really unfair on the cars who are racing those other five cars in my opinion. If I had been one of those drivers, watching that group of cars overtake, I’d have been gutted,” the Briton concluded.