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Verstappen Reveals He Received A Congratulatory Text From Wolff

Newly-crowned Formula One champion Max Verstappen has revealed he received a text message from Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team Principal, CEO and co-owner Toto Wolff.

The Red Bull driver revealed to Sky Sports News that Wolff texted him on Sunday night following the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix which saw him win the championship by eight points from Lewis Hamilton.

Verstappen said thst emotions ran very during the closing stages of the race but was happy to get the message from Wolff.

Verstappen’s new about the text from Wolff suggests that the Brackley-based outfit will drop their intention to appeal the race result.

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Mercedes Set To Abandon Their Appeal

The Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team could be set to abandon their latest appeal over the results of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix which saw Max Verstappen crowned Formula One world champion.

There was a controversial end to a thrilling season when FIA Race Director Michael Masi, who was only doing his job allowed five lapped cars to unlap themselves ahead of the final lap of the 58 lap race which resulted in a last lap showdown for the championship which saw Max Verstappen overtake Lewis Hamilton into turn 6 on the final lap to claim victory in the race and the championship by eight points from Lewis Hamilton.

The Times reports that the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team, whose management were furious at Masi’s decision are considering abandoning their appeal against the race result for the good of the sport.

The team had lodged to protests following the race which were thrown out however, The Times reports that Toto Wolff and the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team’s management understand that their continued pursuit of Lewis Hamilton to be made race winner of Sunday’s Grand Prix could tarnish Formula One’s reputation.

Given that their initial appeal on Sunday was denied, it is extremely unlikely that a further appeal would be successful. The Brackley-based outfit secured their eighth consecutive Constructors championship and if they were to proceed with a further appeal it would have to be done by Thursday as that is when the official FIA prize giving is set to take place.

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We Have A Lot Of Respect For Each Other

New Formula One world champion Max Verstappen says that he and former champion Lewis Hamilton have a lot of respect for each other after the Dutch driver secured his first Formula One championship at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday.

Verstappen said that while they had of lot of difficult on track battles during the season that Lewis Hamilton is an incredible driver.

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I Couldn’t Have Asked For A More Insane Last Race

New Formula One world champion Max Verstappen says that he couldn’t have asked for a more insane last race of the season which saw the Dutch driver claim his first Formula One world championship in an absolutely epic season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit on Sunday.

Max Verstappen started the race from pole position and had an absolutely incredible battle with Lewis Hamilton and it was the first time in 47 years that the pair went into the race on equal points.

Speaking about being confirmed as world champion following his race win he said:

“It feels incredible to be World Champion and I couldn’t have asked for a more insane last race of the year. It was a bit of a rollercoaster, from not really having a chance of winning until the last lap, everything came together, and we had to go for it. I kept saying to myself, I am just going to give it my all and I have until the end and that is what we did. Of course, with that safety car restart in the last lap we had the fresher tyres but you still need to do the move – luckily it worked out. I want to say a big thank to Checo, because of his performance today, I won the Championship, he was driving his heart out for this Team. Today showed exactly what great teamwork is, he’s an amazing teammate. Mercedes won the Constructors’ and we won the Driver’s Championship so it really shows that throughout the whole year we pushed each other to the very end. Lewis is an amazing driver, there is no discussion about it. Of course, we had our moments throughout the season but I think you know that after everything we had an amazing fight this season and I think both teams gave it their all.”

Sergio ‘Perez’ had a fantastic race has he fought hard with Lewis Hamilton which helped Max Verstappen close in on Hamilton in the race and allowed the Dutch driver to claim his first championship and speaking following the race, Perez said:

“First of all, I’m extremely happy for Max and for this Team because they have worked so hard throughout the year and for many years. Max really deserves this Championship with the level he has driven at. I’m very happy to contribute to his title, he’s been a tremendous teammate and a great guy, I couldn’t be happier for him. Lewis was in control of the race and Max was 10 seconds or so behind so I am extremely happy I could do something to help the outcome. I was on extremely old tyres so there was not much I could do but I managed to take a couple of seconds of out of Lewis, which was critical and had an impact on the race. You don’t want to get involved in their Championship and their battle, they’ve worked so hard for to be in this moment, but this is my Team, I did that for my Team and for Max. I think finishing second was possible for me today with the way the race ended up concluding, but I had to retire because my car was not looking great and it could have ended up creating another safety car. It’s a shame in the end that we didn’t get the Constructions title, but I’m extremely happy with the job we’ve done this season.“

Red Bull Racing Team Principal and CEO Christian Horner commented saying:

I said it was going to need something from the racing Gods in the last ten laps and thank goodness for that safety car. It has been a great competition this season and for Max to win the World Championship, it is not just about the race here, it is about the whole year and how incredible and consistent he has been as a driver. All credit to Lewis too, he has been a phenomenal opponent all year and a great World Champion, he has been formidable and that is what makes it even more of a monumental achievement to win this. This Championship came down to the last lap and it was a great strategy call by the Team to make that pit stop onto the set of softs and then it was down to Max to make it happen, which he did in typical Max style. I was screaming from turn five all the way down that back straight. He got the job done. I am just so proud of Max and the team for what we’ve been through this year and what we have achieved against some fierce and great opponents. Checo was the perfect teammate today, what he did keeping Lewis behind, on totally worn tyres, was just super driving. Without him today Max probably wouldn’t be World Champion, the whole Team executed their strategy, flawlessly. On balance after 22 races we have won this World Championship on the facts. I would also like to thank Honda for their teamwork and support over the last few years. We will continue our partnership in a different way, but we look forward to continuing the success.

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This Is Just Unbelievable!

Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen says it is just unbelievable after he was crowned 2021 Formula One world champion in Abu Dhabi on Sunday after beating Lewis Hamilton to victory on the final lap of the 58 lap race.

Verstappen tweeted:

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Verstappen Wins The Championship

Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen is the 2021 Formula One world champion following a sensational and dramatic finish to the 2021 Formula One season in Abu Dhabi.

The Dutch driver won the race on the final lap of the race after overtaking Lewis Hamilton as the safety car came in when the five cars that were to lapped by Verstappen were allowed to unlap themselves.

Verstappen lost the lead on the opening lap of the race following a difficult start to the race allowing Hamilton to take the lead. Carlos Sainz came home in third place.

Yuki Tsunoda was fourth just ahead of Pierre Gasly and Valtteri Bottas while Lando Norris was seventh just ahead of Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon. Charles Leclerc ended the race in tenth place.

Sebastian Vettel was eleventh just ahead of Daniel Ricciardo and Lance Stroll while Mick Schumacher was the final runner.

Max Verstappen said that it was unbelievable after claiming victory in the championship. The Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team are Constructors champions for a record eighth time.

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It Sets Up To Be A Truly Epic Duel!

Mario Andretti, the NTT IndyCar and Formula One legend who won the 1969 Indianapolis 500 and the Formula One world championship in 1978 says that Sunday’s championship deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be a truly epic duel.

Seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton is attempting to win his eighth title and seventh with Mercedes while Max Verstappen is aiming to claim his first championship victory in his Honda-powered Red Bull and starts the race from pole.

Mario Andretti tweeted:

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Advantage Verstappen In Abu Dhabi

Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen lay down the gauntlet in qualifying for Sunday’s season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as he claimed pole position in a thrilling qualifying setting a 01:22.109s.

Lewis Hamilton starts second for Mercedes with a 01:22.480s. Lando Norris starts third for McLaren just ahead of Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz.

Valtteri Bottas starts his final race for Mercedes from sixth just ahead of Charles Leclerc and Yuki Tsunoda.

Esteban Ocon and Daniel Ricciardo round out the top ten.

Fernando Alonso starts 11th just ahead of Pierre Gasly and Lance Stroll while Antonio Giovinazzi starts his final race for Alfa Romeo from 14th place.

Sebastian Vettel is 15th for Aston Martin just ahead of Nicholas Latifi and George Russell.

Kimi Raikkonen starts his final Grand Prix from 18th place just ahead of the Haas F1 Team’s Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin.

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The Gloves Are Off In Title Race

Defending Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton pulled no punches in his scathing attack on title rival Max Verstappen after the pair collided during Sunday’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix which was won by Hamilton.

Verstappen received two time penalties, 5s and 10s respectively following two separate incidents during the event and he feels that one driver on the grid in 2021 doesn’t understand the rules in that you can’t overtake a competitor by going off track. Hamilton is referring to the incident during Sunday’s race where Max Verstappen was forced off the track having taken the lead from Hamilton, he was told to give the place back and slowed in order to do so however, having not been made aware of the situation, Lewis Hamilton ran into the back of Verstappen.

The incident was investigated by the stewards who found that Max Verstappen had braked suddenly resulting in rapid deceleration resulting in the crash with Hamilton.

Hamilton went on to win the race and claim a bonus point for scoring the fastest lap meaning that Verstappen and Hamilton head to the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this weekend on the reconfigured Yas Marina circuit on 369.5 points apiece meaning that whoever finishes the race ahead will be crowned champion.

It is the first time since 1974, when Clay Regazzoni driving for Ferrari and Emerson Fittipaldi driving for McLaren were tied on points going into the final race of the season, a battle that saw Fittipaldi claim the championship.

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Verstappen Handed A 10 Second Penalty For Hamilton Incident

Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen was handed a further 10s time penalty to his overall race time following his incident with Lewis Hamilton during Sunday’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix after Hamilton hit into the back of Verstappen.

Sky Sport F1 lead commentator David Croft Tweeted:

Verstappen has also been handed two penalty points on his Super Licence. Speaking following the race Lewis Hamilton said:

I’ve been racing a long time but that was incredibly tough – I tried to be as sensible and as tough as I could be out there but also sensible with all my race experience over the years, just keeping the car on track and staying clean. It was difficult but we persevered as a Team. We’ve had all sorts of things thrown at us in the second half of this season so I’m just really proud of everyone. I’m really grateful for the crowd we’ve had this weekend – it’s nice to be here.

We’ve done an amazing job with what we have this weekend, Valtteri did a great job today to get big points for the Team – this is for all the guys and girls back at the factory. It’s been an amazing event! I felt very welcome here, the people have been lovely and the track is phenomenal to drive, very difficult physically and mentally, but you wouldn’t want it any other way. So, on to the next one!