Max Verstappen: “Of course, I felt for Lewis”

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Max Verstappen reveals he felt sorry for Lewis Hamilton over what happened in the final moments of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen has won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the 2021 title under questionable circumstances that saw the FIA break its own Safety Car rules to create a situation where he can easily overtake Lewis on fresher tyres.

Naturally it left a sour taste in the mouths of millions of Formula 1 fans who were watching the race live. Mercedes naturally protested the blatant disregard for the rules by the FIA, but it was dismissed by the FIA.

The team has since announced their intention to appeal the FIA’s ruling and it now remains to be seen if they will go through with the full appeal.

In the meantime, Max Verstappen was asked about the controversial way the race ended.

“It could have gone either way,” said the Dutch driver.

“Lewis and I, we had an amazing season, both pushing each other to the limit.”

He was then pushed by journalists to reveal whether her felt sorry for Lewis over what had happend.

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“I mean, one side was incredibly happy, and one side was disappointed,” he finally said.

“Of course, I felt for Lewis, he did everything right throughout the whole race, but F1 can be very unpredictable. It can go either way.

“It could have been the other way around as well, where I would be controlling the race and then I would lose it in the last lap.”

In the end Verstappen said he believes Lewis will be back in the fight next year.

“I mean, Lewis is a great sportsman. It is what it is. Like I said before, you know, it’s racing and we all have to deal with it, if it’s positive or negative.

“But he will come back again very strong, because he is an amazing driver,” he concluded.

What Max chooses not to acknowledge is the fact that this was not just a case of one driver being unlucky, this was a blatant breaking of the rules by the FIA, knowing full well that they will be giving the world title to Max on a silver platter.

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