The Latifi crashed into a fence in a narrow section of the Abu Dhabi circuit, sending the safety car into the track with five laps remaining.
The domino effect of that moment was an earthquake, and finally seen Lewis Hamiltonthe almost certain title win – an eighth racer’s record championship – robbed as the Max Verstappen caught up and then made it through the climax on the final lap to claim her maiden victory instead.
Latifi later said that his crash was caused by his tires getting dirty.
“It was a tough race going on today and we struggled to get up to speed throughout the race,” he explained. “At the end of the Grand Prix, I raced against Mick Schumacher and pressed slightly wide, but fair, at the age of nine.
“My tire got dirty from a swerve and then I made a small mistake and unfortunately crashed. This is clearly not how I want to end our season, so it’s disappointing. ”
Latifi said he regretted interrupting the race.
“We just had a really hard time staying in the next series of corners, and especially where I ended up. It was a tough corner all weekend for me, dirty tires, dirty air and I made mistakes.
“I didn’t know about the state of the race until then. Obviously I never intended to inadvertently influence that, but I made a mistake and ruined my own race. That was never my intention and I can only apologize for influencing and creating an opportunity.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/motor-racing/formula1/nicholas-latifi-crash-hamilton-verstappen-f1-b1975150.html Nicholas Latifi apologizes for crash that robbed Lewis Hamilton of historic world title