After a hard-fought battle, Lewis Hamilton lost out to Max Verstappen for the Formula 1 world championship title. And his defeat also affected former Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg.
In the year 2021, Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen had an intense duel for the Formula One world championship title. The two drivers did not give up, so much so that everything came down to the last Grand Prix.
In Abu Dhabi, the British F1 driver was heading straight for an eighth title. But after a totally stunning scenario, Lewis Hamilton lost to the Dutchman. It was a crushing defeat for the Mercedes driver, which also had an impact on former drivers from the German team such as Nico Rosberg.
“I felt a pain, an incredible pain”
“I felt a pain, an incredible pain. I have nothing to do with Mercedes now, but of course it’s my family from before, and I felt an incredible pain.
“They were 99% sure they were going to win the world championship until three laps to go. After losing it, and losing it in a fight like that, where they couldn’t do anything because the tyres had 50 laps on them… it’s an incredible pain.
“It’s a shame it ended like that with a bit of a strange decision from the FIA,” the former world champion revealed.
Nico Rosberg was the last F1 driver to properly challenge Lewis Hamilton and beat him back in 2016, becoming World Champion himself.