Red Bull baffles fans with ill-advised Abu Dhabi 2021 photo

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Red Bull has posted a photo of Max Verstappen overtaking Lewis Hamilton in the controversial final lap of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and caused a stir on social media.

At the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton lost the title fight to Max Verstappen, after race director Michael Masi disregarded the rules that govern the use of the safety car.

This allowed Max to overtake Lewis at Turn 5 on the final lap of the race, on softer and much fresher tyres. These events prompted many fans, observers, and representatives of the media to question the legitimacy of the result, and Formula 1 overall.

Furthermore, the FIA later removed Masi from the position of race director, and after an investigation, admitted that the Australian had made a “human error”.

A year later the controversy has still not died down.

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Throughout the year Red Bull has often complained about people questioning the legitimacy of Verstappen’s title win, even going so far as to boycott Sky Sports at the Mexican Grand Prix, because reporter Ted Kravitz said Hamilton was “robbed”.

The Austrian team also talked a lot about social media abuse, and complained about fans using social media platforms to attack the team.

Taking all of this into account, it is really baffling that ahead of the 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Red Bull decided to post a photo of Verstappen’s infamous Turn 5 overtake on their social media channels.

The response from fans was obvious, as the photo prompted many to point out the blatant unfairness of what happened last year.

You can take a look at the photo below.

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