Abu Dhabi GP: Max Verstappen overtakes Lewis Hamilton on last lap to secure maiden driver’s title

Abu Dhabi GP: Max Verstappen overtakes Lewis Hamilton on last lap to secure maiden driver’s title

Max Verstappen won the Abu Dhabi Expansive Prix and the System One world championship for Purple Bull on Sunday after passing the Mercedes of title rival Lewis Hamilton on the final lap.

Max Verstappen beat Lewis Hamilton by 2.2 seconds to the enact line (AP Photograph)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton grasp been level on capabilities in the championship earlier than Abu Dhabi GP
  • Hamilton and Verstappen started side-by-side in the final lap on the Yas Marina Circuit
  • Verstappen stalked Hamilton thru the first 4 turns then made his cross in flip 5

Max Verstappen realised his dream on Sunday as he popper Lewis Hamilton to the enact line to steal the Abu Dhabi Expansive Prix and genuine his maiden driver’s world championship title for Purple Bull Racing.

Max Verstappen won the Abu Dhabi Expansive Prix and the System One world championship for Purple Bull on Sunday after passing the Mercedes of title rival Lewis Hamilton on the final lap.

Hamilton used to be cruising previous Michael Schumacher’s file of seven titles Sunday in a bustle he managed till Nicholas Latifi crashed with 5 laps final. F1 despatched out the protection vehicle for a cleanup and resumed the bustle with one lap final.

Hamilton and Verstappen started side-by-side for one final day out around Yas Marina Circuit and the British driver surged to the lead. Verstappen stalked him thru the first four turns then made his cross in flip 5 and pulled away in his Purple Bull.

It used to be a fitting discontinue to a season that saw the 2 contenders proceed wheel-to-wheel over 22 races spanning four continents and approach in Abu Dhabi tied in the championship standings. It marked the first time the contenders grasp been equal on the season finale since 1974.

But Hamilton had the bustle smartly below preserve watch over till the Latifi shatter.

“Oh my God!” Verstappen screamed over his radio.

“You is almost definitely the field champion! The enviornment champion!” screamed attend Purple Bull boss Christian Horner.

“Let’s attain this for one other 10 or 15 years!” Verstappen spoke back.

Purple Bull won its first F1 title since 2013; Mercedes had won each championship since.

More than one rival drivers headed to the grid to congratulate Verstappen as Hamilton sat immobile internal his Mercedes. The defeat ended his reign of four consecutive titles and denied Hamilton a gamble to cross Schumacher as simplest all-time in F1.

“Congratulations to Max and to his crew, I own about he did an improbable job this yr,” Hamilton stated to shut what had develop to be a bitter competition this season between Mercedes and Purple Bull.

Hamilton bought a prolonged hug in the storage from his father, who then went to the storage and hugged both Verstappen and Verstappen’s father. Jos Verstappen used to be himself a former F1 driver and raised his 24-yr-dilapidated son to develop to be an worldwide champion.

Mission accomplished. (With AP inputs)

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