Much has been said and written about the controversial finish of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, that saw Lewis Hamilton unjustly lose the 2021 title to Max Verstappen, and with today marking the one-year anniversary of that race, more reflections will surely come.
As this subject continues to be endlessly fascinating to the media and the public, Auto Motor und Sport recently asked Verstappen if he had spoken to Hamilton about the race.
“No. The season is over, you leave it behind,” the Dutch driver said.
“People always talk about the last race. But you have to look at the whole season, we fought all year.
“That should be remembered. Two teams threw everything in the ring. Finally, there was competition for the title again.”
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With many noticing that Verstappen’s duels with Charles Leclerc this year were much less fierce and dangerous than his on-track clashes with Hamilton in 2021, AMuS asked Max for his comments.
“Duels are different with every driver. When the world title is at stake, you fight for every point.
“At the beginning of the year you always want to win, of course. But if it’s not possible, you back down and set yourself up for P2.
“I’ve known him [Leclerc] for a long time. We’ve been racing against each other since we were twelve.
“I can probably judge him better,” Verstappen concluded.