Hamilton and Verstappen headed into the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix ending the season on Sunday with 369.5 points after a year of ups and downs.
Red Bull’s Verstappen looked favorite to win a first title until Hamilton – aiming for an eighth driver’s record championship – had won his past three races to advance to the finale at Yas Marina.
There have been numerous incidents throughout the year, with Verstappen and Hamilton colliding on the track and Red Bull boss Christian Horner and Mercedes counterpart Toto Wolff verbally critical of it.
Claims and rebuttals about the legitimacy of their rival cars, personal sassy actions on the track put an end to what has gone by a memorable season.
Hamilton collided with the rear of Verstappen’s car during last weekend’s Saudi Arabia Grand Prix and then got a 10 second penalty for running slowly without caution, was awarded a five-second penalty for having previously won the advantage by leaving the track.
Verstappen was labeled a “crazy guy” by Hamilton. over the team radio as their rivalry intensified.
Asked if his views on Mercedes and Hamilton have changed throughout the season, the Dutchman replied: “Yes. And not in a positive way.
“Obviously only I was wrong somehow, like I said others did the same thing and got nothing. We both went off the rails and somehow they judged that it was my fault, which I disagreed with.
“The other penalty (causing a collision) I also disagree with, then he (Hamilton) pushed me off the track, he even looked at me, he didn’t turn in, he just pushed me to the side. outside. and he just got a warning for that.
“It’s not like that, it’s not fair because it seems like other drivers can do different things, and it just seems like I’m being fined.”
Before the weekend, Formula One race director Michael Masi highlighted specific provisions in the FIA sports code – remind the racers that if anything bad happens on the track, the main characters may have points deducted.
The most notable points drawn by Masi include: “Managers may also decide to apply the following penalties: Suspension of one or more competitions, withdrawal of points for championships, cups, challenges, trophies , series.”
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