Grosjean Reveals Why Max Verstappen Deserved the 2021 F1 Title Despite Rooting for Lewis Hamilton

Published 01/18/2022, 1:25 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates winning the race and the world championship with the Netherlands flag on the podium as Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton looks on after finishing second REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

The 2021 Formula One season was undeniably one of the most dynamic seasons in recent memory as Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen battled each other for the championship title in the most dramatic fashion.

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The duo often came together on the track over the initial 21 race weekends, and just when we thought the tangling was finally over, the season finale in Abu Dhabi delivered a shocker of a race for the viewers.

Hamilton had his hands on the title over most parts of the evening only for the race director, Michael Masi, to take it away on the very last lap. The entire racing fraternity exploded as many called out an alleged unfair play and claimed that Hamilton deserved the title more than Verstappen.

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However, former F1 driver, Romain Grosjean, has a different opinion about the rivalry.

What did Grosjean say?

As reported by Planet F1, the Frenchman admitted that he was rooting for Hamilton the entire time. But, despite his wish to see Hamilton lift the championship trophy not coming to fruition, he felt that the two rivals showcased one of the most exciting title fights of all time.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris collides with Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen Pool via REUTERS/Peter Kohalmi

I was more Lewis side than Max. So, I was kind of, ‘Oh, Lewis lost it over the last part of the season; Max did the same, made an incredible job. But I thought it was so cool to get those two guys going together,” Grosjean said.

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Max Verstappen deserved the title more than Lewis Hamilton

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Despite rooting for Hamilton, Grosjean pointed out why Verstappen deserved to lift the 2021 championship title. “I think the wrong conception is to think that the World Championship went on one lap,” he said.

Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen kicks the wheel of his car after crashing out of the race REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

It was 22 Grands Prix. And if you look at the full season, you know Max had the puncture in Baku. Valtteri Bottas crashed into Verstappen in Hungary. There was the Silverstone race. I think at the end, if we look at how many points were lost by Verstappen, not necessarily by his fault, he was the one that deserved more the championship.”

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Overall, Grosjean’s perspective on the controversy-stricken 2021 season does make sense. But let’s hear it from you – Did Verstappen deserve to lift the 2021 world championship trophy?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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