Lewis Hamilton could have been 2021 champion but Mercedes ‘missed a trick’ in Abu Dhabi GP, reveals Bernie Ecclestone

FORMER F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone believes Lewis Hamilton would have won an eighth world title if Mercedes had deployed a smarter strategy. Hamilton was pipped to the championship by Max Verstappen on the final lap of the last race at a dramatic Abu Dhabi GP last season. But Mercedes could have possibly made sure the Safety Car stayed on the track until the end of the race after it was called out with five laps left to go. That would have meant the leading driver at the time, Hamilton, would have won the race and also the 2021 title. Had they done so, in all likelihood the Safety Car would have stayed out and Hamilton would have won the race. I thought of that too, and it would have been ideal to make sure the Safety Car stayed out and the race wouldn’t have been restarted.

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