New Delhi: On Sunday, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen had to wait till the final lap to overtake Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and seal his F1 World Championship title at the Yas Marina Circuit. Subsequent to Nicholas Latifi getting crashed in the 54th lap, the Dutch driver took advantage of that to finally overtake Hamilton, who was on his way to win a record-breaking eighth title.
The duo had initially entered the race level on points with Verstappen having the benefit of a countback rule.
In the second grid subsequent to completing behind Verstappen during qualifying, Hamilton started competently and ultimately got an early lead. Verstappen needed to depend on some extraordinary teamwork from Red Bull’s Sergio Perez to get back into the race and into second position.
With Hamilton edging towards a record-breaking eighth title, Latifi’s crash changed everything and led Verstappen to quickly pitting for new tires.
With debasing hard tires, Hamilton saw Verstappen go past him in the final lap. The British driver attempted to get back his position yet couldn’t move beyond his rival because of his old tires.
The race likewise saw Kimi Raikkonen retire halfway, terminating his splendid Formula 1 career.