“My worst fears came alive. I was like, there’s no way they’re going to cheat me out of this. There’s no way. That won’t happen. Surely not.”
Hamilton was properly on his approach to successful his eighth world title till Williams Racing driver Nicholas Latifi collided into the limitations with 4 laps remaining, ensuing within the security automotive being referred to as out.
Former F1 race director Michael Masi allowed racing to restart on the ultimate lap and Verstappen was permitted to begin nearly side-by-side with Hamilton, regardless of the Mercedes driver having beforehand earned a large lead.
Verstappen finally overtook Hamilton on contemporary tires and went on to win his maiden F1 world title.
Hamilton stated that after the race, he remembers sitting in his automotive “in disbelief.”
“I don’t know if I can really put into words the feeling that I had,” he added.
“I do remember just sitting there just in disbelief. And realizing I’ve got to undo my belts, I’ve got to get out of there, I’ve got to climb out of this thing, I’ve got to find the strength,” he added. “I had no strength. And it was one of the toughest moments, I would say, that I’ve had in a long, long time.”
‘One thing wasn’t proper’
The result of the race prompted blended reactions on social media.
When requested if he felt cheated by Masi’s choice and the controversy that adopted, Hamilton advised the journal: “I knew what had happened. I knew what decisions had been made and why. Yes, I knew that something wasn’t right.”
After a feverish ending to an intense season, Hamilton stated he discovered consolation in his father’s arms.
“He embraced me, and I think he was like, ‘I want you to know how proud I am of you.’ Having your father embrace you in that way is one of the most profound things,” he stated.
“Especially as you’ve grown up not many times having that.”