“Wtf Was That!” – NASCAR Community Including Bubba Wallace React to Crazy Verstappen-Hamilton F1 Finish in Abu Dhabi

Published 12/12/2021, 12:51 PM 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 on the podium Pool via REUTERS/Kamran Jebreili


The 2021 F1 season has finally concluded and Max Verstappen is the new World Champion. However, the manner in which he won his maiden title was fairly controversial. Right from the start, there was no quarter given between the two title contenders, Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen. Unfortunately, this was also a race where the two drivers appeared to push the limits of the F1 rules, and many NASCAR drivers reacted to the race.

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The final drama unfolded after a strange FIA decision allowed second-placed Verstappen to overtake lapped cars. This meant that he was able to line up behind race leader Hamilton. With the race resuming with one lap to go, the Red Bull driver got a good run on the Mercedes star. Sensing an opportunity, the Dutchman overtook the Briton to win the race.

How did the NASCAR community react to the race?

Bubba Wallace commented on the bizarre officiating decisions and confessed that they mostly baffled him. He joked that this kind of a situation was worse than what they often gave NASCAR vice president Steve O’Donnell a ‘hard time’ for. Meanwhile, his new teammate Kurt Busch was simply happy to see the F1 title fight go right down to the wire.

On a similar note, Corey LaJoie was eagerly looking for a potential fight off the track. This time, the opponents would be the aggrieved Mercedes team and the victorious Red Bull team. In reply, Alex Bowman joked that the scene would play out exactly the same as his behaviour after his Nashville burnout.

Kyle Larson was in attendance at Abu Dhabi, and he certainly got his money’s worth. Admittedly, there were a few who believed that Mercedes cost Hamilton the title with poor strategy calls. Some got the impression that they were far too conservative because they did not want to lose track position. In hindsight, while the track position may have been a factor, but Hamilton’s pace could have made up for it.

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One thing is for sure, nobody is about to forget this F1 season finale in a hurry. Whatever one may say about the results, it was an exciting race from start to finish. Considering that Mercedes has officially lodged a protest against the FIA, it is not certain that the drama is over.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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