Mercedes‘ Lewis Hamilton said on his team radio “this was manipulated” after the Briton was brought over Max Verstappen into the final round of the controversial season on Sunday Grand Prix Abu Dhabi.
The message was not broadcast on world television feeds but could be heard on the live stream of the seven-time champion Hamilton on F1TV, multiple media reported.
Comments from Mercedes and management FIA was requested.
Red Bull’s Verstappen overtook Hamilton on the final lap to win the Abu Dhabi GP and claimed his first championship after race director Michael Masi changed safety car procedures to allow five cars between competitors gain control.
This decision helped Verstappen clear past Hamilton by finishing the sprint on the final lap, with the Dutchman using newer tyres.
Hamilton was delighted in the defeat, congratulating Verstappen and Red Bull on their victories and acknowledging that he did everything he could to claim his eighth world title.
I said Sports sky: “Congratulations to Max and his team. I think we did a great job this year.
“Everybody back at the factory and here has worked really hard in this most difficult season. I am so proud of them and so grateful to have been on this journey with them.
“We gave it everything in the final part of this season, we never gave up.”
Verstappen paid his own tribute to Hamilton following his final round success in Abu Dhabi.
The Dutchman said: “Lewis is a great racer and an incredible opponent. They really gave us a hard time and everyone enjoyed watching the two teams play against each other.
“We had some tough times but that’s all part of the sport and its emotions. Everyone wants to win and it can go one of two ways.
“I tried to keep pushing and sometimes miracles happen. Next year we will come back and try them all again. ”
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