Petition to Change the Winner of Max Verstappen-Lewis Hamilton F1 Title Fight Gathers 50K Signatures

Published 01/02/2022, 8:42 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Fans with a Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton banner in the stands before the race REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Well, it looks like the controversy surrounding the 2021 season finale is not over yet. Many Lewis Hamilton fans have signed a petition to overturn the championship decision.

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Max Verstappen passed Lewis Hamilton on the last lap of the season to become the world champion in 2021. But the safety car situation that led to the move was very controversial. The race director allowed only the cars in between the two title rivals to overtake the safety car, which meant Verstappen was right behind Lewis on the last lap.

According to change.org, Hamilton fans have got over 50k signatures in the petition demanding the reversal of the results. Although it is highly unlikely that the result will change, the petition is still gathering support.

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Toto Wolff states that the 2021 title was taken from Lewis Hamilton

As reported by Motorsport-Total, Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff mentioned that Hamilton had won the title for 57 laps of the 58 laps in Abu Dhabi. He stated that everything was taken from them in a split second and it is impossible for them to believe the result.

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Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton looks dejected after finishing second in the race and the world championship Pool via REUTERS/Kamran Jebreili

“We are all wavering in emotions and Lewis most of all. He won the World Championship until the last lap, and then everything is taken away from you from one second [to the next]. Of course, you lose faith because you can’t understand what has just happened. The silence is there, of course, because he simply lacks words as well.” said Wolff on Hamilton’s silence after the season finale.

Hamilton is yet to make any comments on the events of the season finale. He has been inactive on social media platforms and has made no public statements since. There have been some reports indicating that he might not return to F1 in 2022. Hopefully, the Mercedes driver can return to the sport with a bang.

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Assuming the unfortunate doesn’t happen, do you think Lewis Hamilton can win the record eighth championship in 2022?

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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