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“The Pain Is Fresh. The Robbery Is Real”: Wounds Reopen as Lewis Hamilton Fans Relive 2021 Trauma a Year From the Date

Published 12/12/2022, 8:45 AM EST

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The 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is one such race the fans will remember for a long time. The race that stopped Lewis Hamilton from being the greatest ever in terms of statistics, the race that gave rise to a new world champion, all in a matter of a second! As a year passed to the infamous 2021 UAE race, Lewis Hamilton fans can’t help but recall the pain from that cold night at the Yas Marina Circuit.

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Going back a year, Red Bull’s star driver Max Verstappen was confirmed as the new World champion on December 12, 2021. Despite protests by team Mercedes and its fans, there was little the FIA could do or have in their hands to do as Verstappen trumped Hamilton at the very last lap of the very last race.


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While many pointed out the decision made by the then race director Michael Masi and his way of handling the race, Lewis Hamilton fans are still unwilling to accept the Dutchman as the legit 2021 F1 world champion. Moreover, they believe the Briton was snatched from his chances of being the greatest ever. The argument goes on.

Lewis Hamilton fans react as the controversial 2021 world champion result passed one year

Much happened after the 2021 Abu Dhabi race as Max Verstappen retained his world championship, and his team Red Bull picked up the constructors’ championship. While Mercedes ended their season in P3 and Lewis Hamilton finished in P6 behind his new teammate George Russell.

However, the last year’s title-deciding race is still fresh in everyone’s mind. As the day turned to December 12, 2022, fans took to their social media accounts to share their thoughts on this. For Lewis Hamilton fans, this wasn’t an anniversary they have enjoyed or will enjoy for the rest of their lives.


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Given below are some of the reactions taken from Twitter:

Hamilton went to spend some private moments immediately after the race and there was a blame game going on with each other. Ultimately, FIA called the entire situation a human error and sacked Michael Masi for internal reasons.


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Even though Formula 1 is gearing up to start the 2023 F1 season next year, the Abu Dhabi event from 2021 will remain etched in history given its monumental effect on the drivers, the team, and the fans altogether.


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Written by:

Sabyasachi Biswas


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Sabyasachi Biswas is an F1 and NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. He has completed his Master's in Mass Communication and Journalism from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Sabyasachi is an ardent Red Bull and Max Verstappen fan and has been following the sport for over a decade now.
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Varunkumaar Chelladurai