Was Hamilton’s Fate Decided By Stewards? | EP 39
Welcome to episode 39 of the Lovecars On The Grid Podcast! Paul Woodman and Tiff Needell are here to give you a motorsport roundup from the past week, but of course, top of our agenda is the Formula 1 finale in Abu Dhabi!
Firstly, a huge congratulations to Max Verstappen! He won more Grand Prix’s than Mercedes driver, Lewis Hamilton, a fantastic drive from both drivers. It is undeniable that both Lewis and Max are unbelievable drivers, which gave us a very exciting season, that came to down to not only the last round of the season, but the last lap!
In qualifying, it looked like the Red Bull F1 car was faster. Max was able to secure pole position, with Hamilton behind and Perez in 3rd place. In the race, Hamilton tried passing Max on the outside, forcing Hamilton off the track, which caused the first controversy of the race, should Hamilton have given the place back?
Mercedes then gambled on having a quicker car, bringing Hamilton into the pits and covering the pit stop by the Red Bull team on the previous lap. Sergio Perez was able to help Verstappen catch back up though, by holding up Hamilton, reducing the gap between him and Verstappen. Bottas on the other hand didn’t appear to be able to support his Mercedes team mate in a similar fashion.
Until this point, it was looking like this was Hamilton’s race, with both Mercedes team boss, Toto Wolff and Red Bull team boss, Christian Horner both making radio messages to race director Michael Masi.
With just four laps to go, an accident from Nicolas Latifi in his Williams prompted a safety car. We weren’t sure if the race was going to restart, and race control announced that lapped cars were not allowed to overtake the safety car, meaning that Verstappen was way behind Hamilton.
All of a sudden, the rules were changed, allowing all lapped cars to overtake the safety car. This gave Hamilton and Verstappen a one on one race, but with Hamilton on older tyres, there was little he could to do defend from the Dutch driver.
Carlos Sainz gained the 3rd place trophy in his Ferrari, with Yuki Tsunoda in 4th place in his Alpha Tauri. Valtterri Bottas came down in 6th place. What an end to the season!
In Formula 2, Oscar Piastri took pole for the main race, and won the Championship in Abu Dhabi. Will we see him in a Formula 2 car?
Next weekend, the Extreme E is coming to the UK!