Max Verstappen overtakes Lewis Hamilton in the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

It should have been a thrilling showdown to close a dramatic season, but the last-lap safety car debacle at the 2021 Abu Dhabi GP gave Max Verstappen a hollow victory over Lewis Hamilton.

Race Winner
Country
United Arab Emirates
Circuit
Round
22
Laps
58
Pole
Fastest Lap
Verstappen , 1m 26.103s
2021 Season
Past Results

Maybe it was destined to end this way. Maybe it was engineered to.

But either way, the 2021 season simply could not end with a boring race. And just when it looked like it would, the year had one final on-track twist that could lead to so many more off it.

Max Verstappen’s stunning pole position looked to have handed him an advantage on Saturday, but he desperately needed to cement it with a clean start on the soft tyres compared to Lewis Hamilton’s mediums. He didn’t get it.

Race Results

Qualifying

Circuit - Yas Marina

Country

United Arab Emirates

Location

Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

Type

Permanent road course

Length

3.451 (Miles)

Record

Max Verstappen (Red Bull RB16B-Honda), 1m26.103, 144.288 mph, F1, 2021

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