F1 Fans Bring About Infamous Abu Dhabi GP Moment as UK Loses Out to Ukraine in Controversial Eurovision Ending

Published 05/15/2022, 2:07 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen before the race Pool via REUTERS/Kamran Jebreili

Eurovision 2022 was a stunner, where public votes helped Ukraine’s rap group register a historic win. Surprisingly, this reminded F1 fans of Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen’s epic Abu Dhabi encounter last year.

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This year’s Eurovision was particularly competitive. Ukraine’s “Stefania” hit close to home, as public support for the iconic band poured in.

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However, many are unhappy with the results after Britain’s Sam Ryder (potential favorite to win) faced a tough loss.

F1 fans draw comparisons to Britain’s shock second place

Eurovision is an international songwriting contest. As the name “Euro” suggests, the competition primarily hosts European nations. This competition happens annually where public voting is the ultimate game-changer.

In the finale, Britain’s Sam Ryder presented some of the most sensational melodies, including the incredible “Space Man”. This song led the board halfway amassing jury votes from all over Europe. Ryder was most likely a winner until added public votes granted Kalush Orchestra the ultimate win.

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Understandably, many British fans are heartbroken. They took to Twitter and became nostalgic about what happened in Abu Dhabi. Drawing direct comparisons, fans of Eurovision felt a similar heartbreak to Hamilton’s controversial loss. In a similar fashion, a last-minute overtake from Verstappen, who was on fresher tires, distanced Hamilton from his eighth title.

Many fans have taken to Twitter and memes are afloat all over the internet.

This win was important for the UK, who after years were leading the board. Notably, they have not won the contest in years, and Ryder was their Knight in shining armor.

However, Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra’s presentation of folk music mixed with hip-hop was a real heart stealer. Yet, many tweets signaled an opposition towards the judgment.

Abu Dhabi GP was controversial

Most F1 fans would agree that Verstappen’s title win in 2021 is forever marked as “controversial”. That is to say, if not for that controversial last lap, the Dutchman might’ve never won.

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Notably, Max still faces trolling as many fans believe the 24-year-old was not the true winner. All of this, when he currently dominates the 2022 season (alongside Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc) and sits way ahead of Hamilton on the board.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after finishing second in the race and world championship with race and world championship winner Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and third placed in the race Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

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Things have mellowed down this year, as the seven-time world champion’s chassis is nowhere near the Dutch lion’s pace. Understandably, Hamilton is not in contention to win and does not find a direct rival in Verstappen this year.

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Khyati Yadav

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Khyati Yadav is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports. She is a Hospitality Graduate and a huge fan of Lando Norris. She believes that F1 as a sport deserves a lot more attention and is intrigued by the process that goes behind the making of a car and the hard work that goes into the setting up of any Grand Prix.

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