With the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix finale generating a lot of reaction, Fernando Alonso confesses that both Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton deserved to win the Formula 1 world title.
The 2021 Formula One season ended with another dramatic Grand Prix win for Max Verstappen in Abu Dhabi, giving him his first world title in the sport. However, the outcome of the race caused a stir after Nicholas Latifi’s accident led to the safety car being called in by FIA race director Michael Masi, who also decided that the one-lap cars would not be allowed to overtake each other, before changing his mind.
This allowed Verstappen to take the lead over Lewis Hamilton. Asked to comment on this eventful finale, Fernando Alonso said that both drivers deserved to win.
“I’m happy for Max, but I’m especially sorry for Lewis.
“I wasn’t following the race too much but when there were two laps to go I had Lewis in front and Max four cars behind. Obviously I was surprised to see the reverse order in the final classification. It was an epic race, an epic championship, to have the two contenders on equal points in the last race and to be fighting wheel to wheel on the last lap of the last race is something incredible.
“I’m happy for Max, but I’m especially sorry for Lewis. He had an incredible end to the season. And to be honest, from my point of view, I don’t care who wins, but I think they both deserve it. In the end, only one can win. So yes, it was an intense fight, good for the sport.
“And you know, it’s always obvious that if you’re the lucky one, it’s great. If you’re not, it’s not great. I think more than any other year, if you could split the trophy in two, this was the year to do it. Because they were both outstanding.
“Max the champion, it was a matter of time before he won the trophy. Without the safety car Lewis was world champion, and with the safety car Max is world champion.
“So it’s purely a matter of luck, what happened in Abu Dhabi. It’s going to be a big topic, I guess, but if you take the 22 races, as I said on Thursday, any one of them could be world champion,” Fernando Alonso said