Lewis Hamilton says he was ‘robbed’ of the F1 2021 decision, but says: ‘I’m at peace’

Lewis Hamilton says he was ‘robbed’ of the F1 2021 decision, but says: ‘I’m at peace’
Lewis Hamilton says he was ‘robbed’ of the F1 2021 decision, but says: ‘I’m at peace’
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Written by Grande Premio

• Published on 04/01/2024 – 16:13 • Rio de Janeiro (RJ)

More than two years later, the 2021 Abu Dhabi GP continues to be a topic in the world of Formula 1especially when Lewis Hamilton is the interviewee of the moment. Even after so long, the seven-time world champion admits that the situation bothers him and stated, in a statement to the British edition of the magazine GQwhich was stolen in that decision.

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On that occasion, Hamilton came to Yas Marina tied on points with Max Verstappenfrom the Red Bull. Lewis, from Mercedesled the race comfortably until the accident Nicholas Latififrom the Williamswhich forced the introduction of the safety car.

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For the restart, the FIA ​​race management determined that only the latecomers separating Hamilton and Verstappen could discount their respective laps, creating a duel between the two title candidates on the final lap. Max, with new tires, overtook Lewis with Red Bull to come away with the world title. Michael Masithen race director, ended up being removed from his position soon after.

– If I was robbed? Obvious! You know the story, but I think what was really beautiful about that moment, and what I take away from it all, is that my dad was with me. We went through this whole rollercoaster of life together and he was there on the day that hurt me the most. The way he raised me was to always stand up straight, with my head high – said Hamilton.

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– I went to congratulate Max without even realizing the impact it would have, but I was aware that a ‘mini me’ would be watching. This is the defining moment of my life. If I watch a clip [da prova]I’m still sorry, but I’m at peace with it – he added.

Since Formula 1’s controversial decision in 2021, Hamilton has not won a single race in the category, despite achieving 15 podiums in the same period. Furthermore, he has stayed away from title contention in recent championships, with third place last year being his best result.

For 2025, the seven-time world champion will fulfill an old dream and switch to Ferrari. The decision was announced in February this year and, according to the Italian team, it will be a multi-year contract.

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The news fell like a bomb in the world of Formula 1. Hamilton will join Ferrari after 12 seasons at Mercedesthe team that helped him win six world titles and consolidate himself as one of the greatest drivers of all time, the other title was in 2008, when he raced for McLarena team he left at the end of 2012.

A Formula 1 returns with the 2024 season next weekend, between April 5th and 7th, with the Japanese GPin Suzuka.

The article is in Portuguese

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