Verstappen pips Hamilton in epic to win F1 title

Redbull Racing’s Max Verstappen pipped seven-time world champion and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in controversial circumstances on Sunday in Abu Dhabi to win the Drivers’ Championship for the first time.

In a race that will be remembered for ages, the battle for the title went down to the final lap, where Verstappen prevailed, showing composure and daredevilry. The race hit immediate controversy on Sunday when Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen almost collided on the opening lap, with the Mercedes driver pushed wide and cutting a corner to keep the lead.

Seven-times world champion Hamilton had taken the lead from the start with Red Bull’s Verstappen slow off the mark from pole position but making a move on the inside into turn seven.

Verstappen was quick on the radio to tell his team that Hamilton needed to give the place back while the Briton told Mercedes he had been pushed off track.

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