Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has spoken out in support of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing, asserting that they deserved their dominant title triumph in the 2021 season.
After narrowly missing out on winning his eighth world championship title, Hamilton praised his rival Verstappen and the Red Bull team for their performance throughout the season. “I think they’ve done a better job all year, so they deserved the championship,” Hamilton said.
Verstappen clinched his first world championship title at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in controversial circumstances, amid a dispute over the application of safety car rules that led to a dramatic last-lap showdown with Hamilton.
Despite the contentious nature of the championship decider, Hamilton showed grace in defeat and commended Red Bull for their strong showing throughout the season. “They did a fantastic job all year,” Hamilton said. “They were more consistent. They were faster. I’m happy for them.”
Hamilton’s remarks come as a testament to the competitive nature of the 2021 season and the respect between drivers regardless of the outcome. Despite their fierce on-track battles, Hamilton and Verstappen have often expressed mutual admiration and sportsmanship for each other.
Looking ahead to the 2022 season, Hamilton remains determined to bounce back and continue challenging for the championship. “We’ll just put our heads down and work,” he said. “We’ll come back stronger next year.”
As the dust settles on the 2021 season, Hamilton’s gracious acknowledgment of Red Bull’s success serves as a reminder of the camaraderie and respect that underpin the sport of Formula 1. With the stage set for another exciting season, fans can look forward to more thrilling battles between the top teams and drivers in the quest for the title.