Abu Dhabi Grand Prix LIVE REACTION: Mercedes protests REJECTED latest, Verstappen WINS controversial world title

MAX VERSTAPPEN has won a heart-stopping, controversial finale to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton was pegged in by a safety car, allowing Verstappen to pit for a new set of tyres, while the Brit could not stop. Lewis Hamilton was pipped to the title by Red Bull champion Max Verstappen following a controversial safety car decision on the final lap of the season. Lewis Hamilton’s brother Nicolas has labelled his brother as the ‘true champion’ and slammed the FIA as a ‘disgrace to the sport’. Lewis Hamilton’s father Anthony was not bitter in defeat as he graciously congratulated Max Verstappen for beating his son to the F1 world title. Merc star Lewis Hamilton was pipped to the title by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen following a controversial safety car decision on the final lap of the season. Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes team were left furious and accused race bosses of bending the rules, resulting in a dramatic one-lap shootout between Hamilton and Verstappen for the title. Here’s Red Bull chief Christian Horner after hearing the FIA had backed Max Verstappen’s title glory in winning the Abu Dhabi GP. Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes team understandably looked forlorn as they exited after losing BOTH appeals against race decisions in Max Verstappen’s title win. Red Bull say the race stewards have confirmed Max Verstappen as world champ. Red Bull came out last of the two teams… And team chief Christian Horner is being applauded and Max Verstappen is all smiles.

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