Lewis Hamilton: Mercedes F1 driver speaks about mental and emotional struggles

Hamilton was on course to win his eighth world title at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in the last race of the thrilling 2021 season, before he was controversially overtaken by Max Verstappen on the final lap, which handed the Dutch driver the championship. The decision to allow only the cars between Hamilton and Verstappen to un-lap themselves gave the Red Bull driver a clear run at the Mercedes from the restart, but did not afford third-place Carlos Sainz’s Ferrari a chance to attack Verstappen. Had all lapped cars been left in place it would have been harder for Verstappen to get close to Hamilton so quickly, while if the safety car had stayed out for an extra lap then Hamilton would have won the race and the championship.

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