Gary Lineker slams ‘unfair’ Abu Dhabi Grand Prix final lap

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As the co-host of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards, Gary Lineker said the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was “the most incredible end to a season that had absolutely everything…. apart from, possibly, a fair final lap”.

Former footballer Gary Lineker was the co-host of the 2021 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards, and after a montage detailing the incredible battle between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, he took a swipe at the controversial decisions made at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

“That was the most incredible end to a season that had absolutely everything…. apart from, possibly, a fair final lap,” Lineker said on the air.

He is of course referring to the last minute decision by race director Michael Masi to ignore the rules and protocols of the Safety Car and create a situation that basically handed Verstappen the race win and the world title.


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But this was not the first time Lineker made his feelings clear on this issue. Immediately after the Abu Dhabi GP, he posted a message on Twitter, giving a perfect analogy for what had happened.

“Imagine Man City and Liverpool going toe to toe for the title,” the Briton wrote.

“On the last day of the season they meet & City are 3 up with just minutes to go.

“The referee decides it would be more exciting to have a penalty shootout. What’s more the City players have to be barefooted.

“That’s F1,” Lineker concluded.

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