Abu Dhabi Takeaways: F1 2021 is coming off with a bang!
This is the last time we say ‘What a race’ this season, as Formula 1 finished its 72nd season with thrills, controversy and tough races. In other words, it’s gone with a bang!
Not the best of writers could have prepared such an end to an epic F1 season, with two title contenders entering their final battleground tied on points, after 21 deadly fights between them and their teams.
Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen have both delivered the season of their lives, the former facing his biggest challenge in recent times, having easily won six F1 driver’s titles since 2014, while the latter fulfilled his lifelong dream of winning. its first F1 crown.
Their teams, Mercedes and Red Bull went out of their way to win, with Mercedes claiming an eighth consecutive F1 constructors title as things got quite nasty between the two teams with their bosses Toto Wolff and Christian Horner arguing of all kinds. in ways, with only one brawl missing from their shenanigans.
Ahead of the 2021 season finale, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, he didn’t stray from the season’s storyline until this point, as it was thrilling, controversial, and full of twists and turns.
The thrills and twists and turns, which brought a virtual safety car and a safety car, served to spice up a race that until then seemed to be Hamilton’s victory, Verstappen in vain in the chase, with Michael Masi and his stewards who accompanied him. matters even more with their questionable handling of the situation, hence the controversies.
So let’s move on to our last takeaways for this season, our 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix takeaways.
Max Verstappen, 2021 Formula 1 world champion
They say the first million is always the hardest, and it seems the same applies for the first F1 title, with Verstappen overflowing with his senses to achieve his first drivers’ crown, with Hamilton’s first victory in 2008 and the 2010 title from Sebastian Vettel. campaign being perfect examples.
Hamilton’s first came on the last lap of the final race at Interlagos with his final pass over Toyota’s Timo Glock securing fifth place in the race and enough points to beat Felipe Massa to the title by 1 point.
Vettel once led the drivers’ standings in 2010, after the last race of the season in Abu Dhabi, which he won, but had to wait until Fernando Alonso crossed the finish line in seventh to be sure of become champion.
Well, Verstappen has broken into the circle of F1 champions. With the form he has exhibited this year and provided his team continue to give him the cars his talent demands, nothing would stop the 24-year-old from winning more titles.
For those who might say that the Dutchman was lucky in Abu Dhabi with the safety car and the race direction decisions, the following should be kept in mind, and that luck has changed sides several times. this season by balancing things “luck- wise” between the two title rivals, with the red flag at Imola, at the Emilia-Romagna GP saving Hamilton when he unusually threw his Mercedes being an example of luck serving as a side to side.
This is motorsport, and luck will always play a part, and with that, Max Verstappen is a worthy and deserving F1 world champion. Complete stop.
Sir Lewis Hamilton, 2021 Formula 1 runner-up
An F1 driver’s best season doesn’t have to be a title-winning season, rather it is the season the driver flaunts his best traits under the pressure of a fierce fight like the season in which we have witnessed this year.
Lewis was calm, quick, relentless and never gave up. No one is perfect and sure they’ve made mistakes like Verstappen, which is understandable under the circumstances of the intensity of this title race.
The 37-year-old Briton showed no signs of slowing down or slowing down as he battled a super talented young Charger, 13 years his junior, and led him the fight until the last lap under the fire of Yas Marina , with his form run from Brazil, clear proof of his talent and abilities in an F1 car.
Another aspect that really caught my attention was the supreme management of Hamilton’s tires, with the perception that Sergio Perez is a master of tire whisperers, many forget that the seven-time world champion is as good, if not better, especially as ‘it can extend the life of its tires while maintaining a breakneck pace.
It was quite simply one of Lewis’ best F1 campaigns to date, if not the best, and had he won the title his eighth would have been better than all of his other seven combined.
So congratulations to him for his season.
Michael Masi and the Stewards in the spotlight again for the wrong reasons
How many times should we shout “Inconsistency” and “Fixed group of commissioners” until someone listens?
Masi and the marshals were on the spot from the first lap, when Hamilton made it to the relief zone and held onto his lead in the race, Masi saying he had restored the advantage or something like that. What is that supposed to mean?
If this incident had been labeled a first-round incident – viewed with leniency for some time now – it would have made sense, but “giving up the advantage” or whatever they call it just isn’t fair. .
Additionally, Martin Brundle responded to David Croft by questioning if Hamilton “will have to give up the place” by saying, “Yes, of course he will. “
Before commenting on Verstappen’s decision: “The door is open, he crossed it.
“He stayed completely inside the white lines, and a car that was next to him is heading towards the road.
“I’m going to stick with it, but that’s not what the Stewards think,” concluded Brundle, who knows a thing or two about the race.
Either way, that’s where the rot started.
Taking time to decide what to do after Antonio Giovinazzi ditched his car was another example of reluctance and uncertainty under pressure until we hit Nicholas Latifi’s crash on lap 53, at which point Masi moved on. resumed his rhythm.
Now I have to admit that Masi’s job is hard enough without Christian Horner screaming on one side, and Toto Wolff whining pathetically on the other, with the race director having to do without “Bernie Ecclestone” or “Max Mosely” Telling the team-boss-pair to shut down hell.
But it’s the softer that I’m going to cut him.
I’m not a lawyer, nor a steward or a race director, but I watched F1 for over 25 years, 20 of which were fully integrated into the sport, so when I end up not understanding what was going on, this means that the administration of the situation was flawed.
The only credit Masi gets is that whatever he did, he gave us that last lap where Max was chasing and passing Lewis, the latter struggling with well worn tires, and both drove impeccably, without a single blockage of one of them. while being on the limit both physically and mentally, serving us as the climax of the race.
This last lap summed up the season, two great drivers at the peak of their powers and the best of their respective generations at the limit.
It’s also about the fathers who did it for the Champions
Once the race was over, it was touching to see the images of Anthony Hamilton soothing his son, while a weary Jos Verstappen shared his son’s success.
These two fathers have stood by their talented boys, turning heaven and earth to help them achieve their dreams through long years of hard work against adversity, and seeing their efforts paid off at parties like the one we witnessed last Sunday. in Abu Dhabi was an emotionally enriching experience. experience.
These two deserve their own trophies.
– Formula 1 (@ F1) December 13, 2021
2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix quick shots
- A great job from Carlos Sainz finishing his first season in red atop a P3 in Abu Dhabi, something that didn’t get enough credit as the Spaniard delivered a quietly impressive season with the Scuderia and finished two places in front of his very high-ranked teammate, Charles Leclerc, in the drivers’ classification.
- A brilliant ride from Yuki Tsunoda in Abu Dhabi, the Japanese rookie edging out his impressive teammate Pierre Gasly all weekend, and recovering from an underperforming qualifying in eighth place to take fourth place under the checkered flag.
- Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel won the first Crypto.com Overtake Award for achieving the most overtakes in 2021, 132 overtakes to be precise, ahead of compatriot Fernando Alonso who was out of 128.
Not bad for a driver long accused of not being a good midfielder. Despite a few mistakes, this year could have served as a skill-sharpening season for the four-time champion, in the hopes that he can succeed when Aston Martin delivers on their promise going forward.
- Fernando Alonso’s live team radio in Abu Dhabi was super cool which we are not used to hearing from the Spaniard in the early part of his F1 career, especially after having spent his season in a midfield car. Could this be the sign of a change in his approach? Become a better team player? Time will tell, but it’s good to find him, not to miss any of his skills.
- Sergio Perez deserves a shout out for another brilliant defensive driving spectacle against Lewis Hamilton. No Lewis, it was not dangerous driving. In the words of Max Verstappen: “Checo is such a legend.
- Kimi Raikkonen’s last race. He will be left alone, but he should “know” that he will be missed.
Fernando enjoyed his first season back in F1 💪
– Formula 1 (@ F1) December 13, 2021