Michael Johnson Refuses to Watch F1 Again After Lewis Hamilton Loss to Max Verstappen- “Until They Replace Stewards”

Published 12/13/2021, 7:30 AM EST
World champion sprinter Michael Johnson of the U.S. speaks during the Doha GOALS forum in Doha December 11, 2013. REUTERS/Fadi Al-Assaad/Files


Never in one’s wildest dreams would they have imagined an end as dramatic as yesterday’s Formula 1 race. 7-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton led the race for the first 57 laps; until in came Max Verstappen and won his first F1 championship. In a highly contested year, the duo engaged in a neck-to-neck battle, throughout the entire season, which many believe ended on a controversial note, in Abu Dhabi last night.

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Now, former track and field legend, Michael Johnson, expresses his feelings over the same.

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Significantly, driver Nicholas Latifi’s crash changed the entire course of the race. It led to unexpected events as Verstappen cruised to victory in the final lap. Most fans seemed confused with this decision, including Johnson, who voiced out his concerns on Twitter.

Michael Johnson needs some time

Post-race, the former legendary athlete tweeted about the unfair advantage team Red Bull received, which led to Max winning the title. Even though Mercedes launched a complaint at the end of the race, the FIA dismissed their protests. Thus, Max Verstappen was crowned as the 2021 Formula One Champion. Understandably, the result was a tough pill to swallow for LH fans. Addressing the same, Michael took to Twitter, sharing his frustration.

“Think I might be done watching @F1 until they replace stewards and race control with actual fair rules that are enforced consistently,” said Johnson.

Even as several fans continue to voice out their concerns, it is safe to say, this season will be remembered for a long time, for good reasons and for bad. When Hamilton took the lead at the beginning of the race, he maneuvered his drive to perfection. However, things took a dramatic turn during the final stages of the race.

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When Latifi crashed in the last stages of the race, they deployed the safety car and Verstappen got stuck behind lapped cars. However, the FIA allowed him to pass on as they decided on one final racing lap. With him pitting under the safety car, he changed the tyres to soft, to get a significant advantage over Hamilton’s hard tyres.

This proved to be a major difference. As the circuit was long with plenty of overtaking spots, Max overtook Hamilton in the last lap, leading to a controversial ending.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 11, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates after qualifying in pole position Pool via REUTERS/Kamran Jebreili

To sum it up, most fans, including Michael Johnson, were beyond angry at the decision. Nonetheless, the season and its final race will go down in history for its drama, its intensity, and its champion, Max Verstappen.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the center the respect he deserves.

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