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Jeremy Clarkson has shared his thoughts on Max Verstappen’s Formula 1 win last night - and it’s unlikely to have put a smile on Lewis Hamilton’s face.
Hamilton narrowly missed out on his eighth F1 world title following a controversial race at the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix yesterday (12 December).
The 36-year-old had been in the lead for almost all the race, but was overtaken on the final lap, 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.
Tweeting after the nail-biting race, Clarkson said he was ‘delighted’ with how things had ended.
He wrote: “Delighted with the result but the stewards need to be banned. We’ve had enough of them.”
Delighted with the result but the stewards need to be banned. We’ve had enough of them.— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) December 12, 2021
Ouch, can’t imagine Hamilton was too happy about that.
However, Clarkson did then praise the F1 driver, adding: “Very very dignified from @LewisHamilton.”
Elsewhere, other celebrities claimed Hamilton had been ‘robbed’.
Piers Morgan wrote: “I don't know what I've just watched but it can't be right. Hamilton's been robbed, surely?”
England star Harry Kane said: “I’m new to F1 and it’s been amazing to watch Lewis and Max battle it out. I’m no expert on it but I feel like there’s some bizarre rules that give an unfair advantage like today? Why should Hamilton be penalised for somebody else’s crash?”
While Gary Lineker was one of many to praise Hamilton for graciously accepting the loss. He tweeted: “Wonderfully generous and dignified reaction from @LewisHamilton. He really is very special, on the track, and off it. Class act to the end.”
Speaking after the race, Hamilton said: "Firstly, big congratulations to Max and to his team.
"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!"