Romain Grosjean Makes Bold Lewis Hamilton Proclamation: “For 57 Laps in Abu Dhabi, He Was Going to Be 8-Time World Champion, but There Were 58 Laps”

Published 12/16/2021, 8:00 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates finishing second in the race with the trophy Pool via REUTERS/Kamran Jebreili


The 2021 Formula One season will go down in history as one of the best seasons of all time. Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen went into the last race tied on points and with just 1 win separating them. But it was Verstappen who took the title after passing lewis on the last lap of the race. Despite his loss, former F1 driver Romain Grosjean believes the 2021 season was Hamilton’s best in Formula1.

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Hamilton is a 7-time world champion and has some amazing title-winning seasons. But the former Haas driver mentioned that Lewis’ level of performance this season was higher than his triumphant years.

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Romain Grosjean rates 2021 season as the best one for Lewis Hamilton

In his year-end analysis of the 2021 season on his YouTube channel, Grosjean claimed that the 2021 season might just be the greatest season in F1 history. He broke down how two championship protagonists fought toe-to-toe throughout the year.

” Looking at the championship, we got two very different characters. We’ve got Lewis, 7-time world champion, very calm. I think he’s done his best season ever in Formula One.

Really drove outstandingly well, especially those last few races in the championship where Mercedes took the upper hand. For 57 laps in Abu Dhabi, he was going to be 8-time world champion, but there were 58 laps, “ said Grosjean.

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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

He also gave his analysis on the performance of Red Bull and Max Verstappen.

“And Red Bull, Verstappen, and Honda were very fast through the whole season. A lot of wins and also some hard luck and if we look at Baku, Max was leading the race, and he had a puncture. So that’s 25 points gone. Budapest, Valtteri crashed into him so he lost good points there.” said Romain.

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It is interesting that the Frenchman considers the 2021 season as Lewis’s best and not his triumphant years. But it would be hard to disagree with him as the Mercedes driver has performed exceptionally this season.

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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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