Max Verstappen Is The 2021 Formula 1 World Champion!

Max Verstappen Is The 2021 Formula 1 World Champion!

Ladies and Gentlemen, Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing is your 2021 Formula 1 World Champion! It was a tremendous battle from start to finish between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), but in the end Max took the crown.
Max Verstappen Is The 2021 Formula 1 World Champion!

2021 F1 Driver's Championship

Max Verstappen of Red Bull is your 2021 Formula 1 World Champion with 395.5 points!
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While Mercedes did lose the Driver’s Championship, they did walk away with the Constructors Championship, making this their 8th Constructors Championship in a row! Claiming every Constructors Championship from 2014 – 2021.

Max Verstappen Is The 2021 Formula 1 World Champion!

2021 F1 Constructor's Championship

Mercedes is your 2021 Formula 1 Constructor Champion with 613.5 points!
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Before we go over the race details, we’d like to inform you this victory for Max puts him in a very special club! That very special club is winning a Formula 1 Championship under 25 years old, joining Fernando Alonso (24), Sebastian Vettel (23), Lewis Hamilton (23) and now Max Verstappen (24)! This is quite the impressive accomplishment and congratulations to Max on achieving such an incredible feat! Now, let’s go into Round 22 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix details:

*Starting Grid*
1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
2. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
3. Lando Norris (McLaren)
Prior to the race start, Nikita Mazepin (Haas) did not participate due to testing positive for COVID-19. Thus, 19 drivers are on the track instead of 20.

Lap 1 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) got off on a better launch than Max Verstappen (Red Bull), giving him the lead right into Turn 1. Approaching Turn 6, the two almost collided with one another in attempts to come out ahead! Max Verstappen lunged into Turn 6, forcing Lewis Hamilton wide and off the track. No investigation of the incident was necessary and Lewis was given the spot back from Max as Lewis came back onto the track ahead.

Given this is a short race of 58 laps, we saw several driver and teams pit from Laps 14 – 24. Max Verstappen (Red Bull), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Esteban Ocon (Alpine), Charles LeClerc (Ferrari), Lando Norris (McLaren), Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo), Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren), Carlos Sainz (Ferrari), Sergio Perez (Red Bull), Lance Stroll (Aston Martin), Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo), Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri), and Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) all pitted to equip Hard Tires to go the distance of the rest of the race.

During this frenzy of pit stops, we witnessed an excellent battle between Sergio Perez (Red Bull) and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes). Throughout Lap 20, the battle for 1st place went back and forth, back and forth, with Lewis Hamilton coming out on top. While great, this battle displayed an amazing defense by Sergio Perez and allowed his teammate Max Verstappen to catch up. The purpose of this battle wasn’t for Sergio Perez to stay on top, though it would’ve been nice, the purpose was to defend against Lewis long enough for Max to catch up. Which is exactly what happened! That’s what you call a great teammate.

Lap 26 – Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo) on his last grand prix, found himself in the barriers at Turn 6 due to the rear axle completely locking up. The damage to his car was enough to force him to retire the car. The 2007 Formula 1 World Champion left the track for his final race of his career, a true legend. Kimi, you will be missed and thank you for all of the years! In addition to Kimi Raikkonen being forced to retire his car, George Russel (Williams) also had to pit and retire his car due to mechanical issues leading to a loss of power.

Lap 35 – Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) also had to retire his car due to mechanical issues, in which he pulled off on the side of the track. By lap 35, four drivers have now gone out of the race leaving 16 left on the track. With Giovinazzi being on the side of the track, unable to move, a Virtual Safety Car was called. This opened an opportunity to pit for a fresh set of tires, in which Charles LeClerc (Ferrari), Max Verstappen (Red Bull), Sergio Perez (Red Bull), Fernando Alonso (Alpine), and Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) all took advantage of.

Lap 49 – Lando Norris (McLaren) experienced a slow leaking puncture due to the high curbs of the Yas Marina Circuit, forcing him to pit for a new set of tires.

On Lap 53, Nicholas Latifi (Williams) lost the rear of his car and crashed into the barrier wall. The excessive damage left his car unable to move and near the right middle of the track. Now, 5 drivers are out of the race with 15 left. This accident called for a Yellow Flag and Max Verstappen (Red Bull), Sergio Perez (Red Bull), Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri), Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren), Lance Stroll (Aston Martin), and Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) took advantage of the Yellow Flag and all pitted for Soft Tires. Shortly before the race resumed on Lap 58, the final lap, Sergio Perez (Red Bull) was called by the team to retire his car to avoid potential engine issues they suspected might occur.

Lap 58, depending on who you ask, was a controversial restart to the Yellow Flag due to several driver positioning mix-ups. Right as Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) restarted the race by taking off, Max Verstappen (Red Bull) was right behind him and the two fought for a few corners. In the end, Max’s Soft Tires gave him the advantage and he overtook Lewis to claim 1st place. Max crossed the line and is your 2021 Formula 1 World Champion!

This concludes the 2021 Formula 1 Season, but there will be much to talk about until the 2022 season officially starts. We can’t be more thankful for a tremendous season from all the teams and drivers. Stay tuned for up-to-date news on 2021 Formula 1 Season results and 2022 Formula 1 Season News! Only 95 days until the 2022 Formula 1 Season…..

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