Harry Kane questions the ruling that cost Lewis Hamilton the Formula One world championship

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England captain Harry Kane weighs in on F1 world-title decider controversy… claiming that ‘bizarre rules’ cost Lewis Hamilton his eighth championship and allowed Max Verstappen to emerge victorious in Abu Dhabi

  • Lewis Hamilton looked on course for his eighth world title as he led the race 
  • Nicholas Latifi crashed late on, meaning that a safety car needed to be deployed
  • Max Verstappen was allowed to close the gap to Hamilton going into the last lap
  • Racing on fresher tyres, he managed to overtake Hamilton to win his first title
  • Harry Kane feels Hamilton was hard done by, and was a victim of a strange ruling 



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has questioned the decision to allow to close the gap to  while the safety car was deployed in the closing stages of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The resulting call from the FIA race control enabled the Red Bull driver to overtake the Brit on the last lap to claim his maiden world title.

Heading into the final race of the season, Verstappen and Hamilton were locked together on 369.5 points, but for much of Sunday’s title decider the latter clearly had the upper hand.

Lewis Hamilton led the way in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for the majority of the race

Lewis Hamilton led the way in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for the majority of the race

However, a controversial ruling allowed Max Verstappen to overtake him on the final lap

However, a controversial ruling allowed Max Verstappen to overtake him on the final lap

After edging past Verstappen at the start, Hamilton managed to keep his rival at bay and opened up a comfortable lead. He appeared to be set to win a record-breaking eighth world championship, before crashed out of the race with five laps remaining.

With the safety car ensuring that racing wasn’t permitted, Verstappen pitted for fresher tyres, while Hamilton opted to stay out on the track.

It seemed that the race may end under the safety car, but race director Michael Masi instead decided that one more lap could be completed, and allowed Verstappen to go past the lapped cars so that he started the final lap only just behind Hamilton.

Verstappen used this to his advantage as he streaked past Hamilton at the death to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

It was arguably the most controversial ending to a season ever, and Kane was left bemused with how the race played out.

Harry Kane questioned the rules that were applied in the final stages of the race in Abu Dhabi

Harry Kane questioned the rules that were applied in the final stages of the race in Abu Dhabi

He believes common sense did not prevail, and that Lewis Hamilton was harshly treated

He believes common sense did not prevail, and that Lewis Hamilton was harshly treated

‘I’m new to F1 and it’s been amazing to watch Lewis and Max battle it out. I’m no expert on it but I feel like there’s some bizarre rules that give an unfair advantage like today? Why should Hamilton be penalised for somebody else’s crash?’ he posted on Twitter.

‘He literally raced the perfect race under the highest pressure and gets the World Championship taken away from him. Seems like common sense to keep the lead that you’d raced so hard to gain. Shame it had to end like that.’

Mercedes opted to lodge an appeal after the race, but Masi’s decision has since been , meaning that Verstappen remains the Formula One champion for 2021.

They have announced their intention to , and this debate could rumble on for some time yet, but Kane has certainly made his stance clear on the dramatic incident.

Hamilton was left devastated, and his Mercedes team are set to launch another appeal

Hamilton was left devastated, and his Mercedes team are set to launch another appeal

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