‘That is how the rules should be!’: Lewis Hamilton wryly hints the Italian Grand Prix finish ‘brought back memories’ of last year’s Abu Dhabi controversy after race finished behind safety car

Lewis Hamilton has admitted that Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix brought back memories of his final lap title decider against Max Verstappen at Abu Dhabi last year. Hamilton told Sky in Italy via Sky Sports he believes ‘that is how the rules should be’ after former race director Michael Masi bent regulations last year which saw Max Verstappen overtake the Brit on the final lap of the season to win the world championship. Only lapped cars between Hamilton, who was leading the race, and Verstappen, who was in second, unlapped themselves, and it seemed the decision to race for one lap had been made for a more dramatic finish. ‘Maybe they could have done it a lap sooner, and they accepted the race ends under the safety car.

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