Max Verstappen prevails in world title shoot-out
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Max Verstappen has received “justice” following his dramatic last-gasp win over Lewis Hamilton on Sunday, claims Fernando Alonso. Verstappen won his first World Championship in controversial fashion at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Hamilton appeared to be easing his way towards victory and a record-breaking eighth title.
But a collision between Mick Schumacher and Nicholas Latifi saw the latter crash out of the race.
That led to the safety car being deployed up until the final lap of the race.
Race director Michael Masi instructed the unlapped cars between Hamilton and Verstappen to overtake Hamilton.
That led to a one-lap shootout and Verstappen sped past the Brit to claim the title.
Mercedes saw two protests rejected by the FIA and were set to appeal the decision, but they have since decided not to.
Alonso admits Hamilton would have become an eight-time champion if the safety car was not deployed.
However, the Spaniard believes Verstappen had received plenty of misfortune throughout the season and was therefore deserving of some good luck.
“Without the safety car, Lewis would have become champion,” Alonso said.
“With the safety car, Max became champion.
“So in that respect, luck decided today, we have to be honest about that.
“But if you look at the other 21 races, even this one, Max also had a lot of bad luck, so maybe this was justice.”
Speaking after the victory, Verstappen declared he hopes for many more years of success with Red Bull.
“I’m so happy. Our goal was to win this championship when we came together and we have done that,” said Verstappen.
“My team know I love them. I hope we can do this for 10, 15 years together.
“I don’t want to change ever. I want to stay with them for the rest of my life, if they will have me.
“It’s unbelievable. Throughout the whole race I kept fighting then there was the opportunity in the last lap. It’s incredible.
“I don’t know what to say. My team and Honda deserve it. Finally a bit of luck for me.”
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