Eight-time world rally champion Sebastien Ogier is quick to say that Formula 1’s Lewis Hamilton was “robbed” in the final round of the 2021 F1 season in Abu Dhabi last December.
While Lewis Hamilton has remained silent since losing a potential eighth Formula One world title on the final lap of the controversial Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, many – including Sebastien Ogier – believe the British driver will be on the grid in 2022, despite rumours of an early retirement as suggested by Hamilton’s boss Toto Wolff late last year.
Asked for his opinion on this final race of the 2021 season, Ogier was very frank and unapologetic and believes that the seven-time F1 world champion was simply robbed in this final race:
“I think he will come back to be honest, because he is still in an ultra-competitive environment with the best team of the moment,” Sebastien Ogier told RMC’s Super Moscato Show.
“This year, there are new cars coming out, so it’s true that there are quite a few questions again, but I’m quite convinced that he will come back, but it must have been very, very difficult for him. He really felt like he was robbed, he was robbed! Let’s not be afraid of the words.”
“Even though I have a lot of respect for Max Verstappen, he had a great season, and both of them deserved to be champion, but it’s true that on the last weekend…There was a race where Lewis dominates, he’s in front until the end, and then unfortunately for him, a few laps from the finish there’s this famous Safety Car and they get restarted [for a single lap].
“Either one of them was a great champion, but it’s true that the way the weekend went, it’s a robbery and it’s hard to take for Hamilton.”
Ogier then made it clear that Max Verstappen – over the whole season – certainly did not steal his first world title: “Over the whole season, he did not steal the title, far from it,” concluded the Frenchman.