Lewis Hamilton says his ‘worst fears got here alive’ after Abu Dhabi Grand Prix title race towards Max Verstappen

The seven-time world champion noticed a possible record-setting eighth title slip away after he was overwhelmed by the 24-year-old Pink Bull driver, following a controversial season finale in December 2021.
“You see things start to unfold,” Hamilton advised Self-importance Honest in an interview revealed on Monday.

“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.

“Max is an absolutely fantastic driver who has had an incredible season and I have nothing but huge respect for him, but what just happened is absolutely unacceptable. I cannot believe what we’ve just seen,” fellow Mercedes driver George Russell tweeted on the time.
Former F1 champion Damon Hill additionally expressed his incredulity at Masi’s choice, tweeting: “This is a new way of running the sport where the Race Director can make these ad hoc decisions. Its been a bit too ‘guess what I’m going to do now’ I think.”
Nonetheless, Liverpool FC footballer Virgil van Dijk congratulated Verstappen on Twitter, writing: “WHAT A BOSS!”
Mercedes initially lodged an attraction into how the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix completed, however finally withdrew their criticism and congratulated Verstappen on his victory.
Hamilton congratulates Verstappen on his maiden world title, following a dramatic season finale.

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.”