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Hamilton missed out on his record eighth Formula One world title thanks to some last-minute action kicking off as the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix drew to a close.
The 36-year-old British driver had been in the lead for almost all the race, but was overtaken on the final lap by his opponent - under what some believe were controversial conditions, after a safety car came on following a crash involving Nicholas Latifi.
Hamilton had been on the same tyres since lap 14, while Verstappen had fresh tyres introduced late on in the race.
The safety car allowed one final lap of racing and Verstappen's fresh tyres proved to make the difference.
Despite Hamilton getting into the slipstream, Verstappen managed to block it off and take home the win and his first championship.
After Verstappen was crowned victor, many people took to social media to express their confusion.
Piers Morgan tweeted: "I don't know what I've just watched but it can't be right. Hamilton's been robbed, surely?"
I don't know what I've just watched but it can't be right. Hamilton's been robbed, surely? #F1— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 12, 2021
Someone else said: "Formula 1 is a big load of b*****ks really isn't it. Hamilton leading by 11 seconds, bloke crashes, safety car for 9 laps, Max suddenly side by side and wins on the last lap. What on earth have I just seen? Lewis robbed."
A third raged: "Hamilton robbed. The FIA's decision to allow the restart in this way was just ridiculous."
Hamilton had come incredibly close to winning his eighth world championship, which would've seen him overtake Michael Schumacher's record of seven.
After the race, he congratulated his opponent, saying he would simply have to wait for 'next year'.
"Firstly, big congratulations to Max and to his team," he said.
"But I'm so proud of my own team and we gave it absolutely everything. I've felt great in the car the last couple of months. We'll see what happens next year."
Verstappen said: "It's insane. I don't know what to say. I'm so pleased for the team and for all these guys. I love working with them so much.
"Finally today I had a bit of luck. My team know I love them and I want to do this with them for the next 10 or 15 years!"
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