Jakarta, CNN Indonesia —
Verstappen confirmed his first world title after leading the Abu Dhabi F1 GP. Verstappen beat main competitor Lewis Hamilton, who finished second and third, was replaced by Carlos Sainz Jr.
Verstappen secured the title after overtaking Hamilton on the final lap. The victory ended the title race, which lasted fiercely throughout the season.
In the drivers’ championship, Verstappen is now firmly at the top. Verstappen scored a total of 395.5 points during the F1 race in 2021.
Verstappen is 8 points ahead of Hamilton, who has to be ready not to defend his title. Before the last series at the Abu Dhabi GP F1, Verstappen and Hamilton both collected 369.5 points.
Hamilton actually started the race well. The Brit started from second position but was able to lead the race after overtaking Verstappen, who actually took pole position.
Hamilton was able to maintain this position. The chance to defend the F1 world title also arose if he could assert himself against Verstappen.
Hamilton was able to maintain the lead until the middle of the race. Hamilton could even be 17 seconds ahead of Verstappen.
In the last 10 laps, Hamilton was also 12 seconds ahead of the Dutch racing driver.
Verstappen was able to reduce this distance and finally managed to overtake Hamilton on the final lap and finish first on the Yas Marina Circuit.
Abu Dhabi F1 GP results
1. Max Verstappen 1 hour 30 minutes 17.345 seconds
2. Lewis Hamilton +2.256
3. Carlos Sainz Jr. +5.173
4. Yuki Tsunoda +5,692
5. Pierre Gasly +6.531
6. Valtteri Bottas +7,463
7. Lando Norris +59,200
8. Fernando Alonso +1 Minute 01.708
9. Esteban Ocon +1 Minute 04.026
10. Charles Leclerc +1 Menit 06.057