WATCH: All the drama as Verstappen crowned F1 champ

In a season of high drama, Verstappen claimed his maiden driver’s championship, with the Dutch driver outpacing Lewis Hamilton on the final lap of the final race on Sunday.

Mercedes immediately protested against the dramatic safety car procedure that allowed one final opportunity for Verstappen to overtake Hamilton to clinch the world championship.

However, this appeal was ultimately dismissed by the stewards, with Verstappen crowned champion.

BREAKING: The FIA Stewards have dismissed Mercedes’ protests against the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix final classification #AbuDhabiGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/VPNIfaFDMC

— Formula 1 (@F1) December 12, 2021

“MAX VERSTAPPEN YOU ARE THE WORLD CHAMPION!”

Listen to the full radio after Max Verstappen crossed the line to clinch his first world title in the most dramatic of circumstances#AbuDhabiGP #F1 https://t.co/fyNjPBrIks

— Formula 1 (@F1) December 12, 2021

INCREDIBLE SCENES AS MAX VERSTAPPEN SNATCHES F1 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ON FINAL LAP

Verstappen had taken advantage of a safety car after Nicholas Latifi crashed

With the race director instructing only certain “lapped” cars to go past Hamilton, it resulted in competitive race conditions for the two title contenders to battle it out under a green light for one final lap.

Verstappen and Hamilton, who went into the race level on points, went wheel to wheel to the chequered flag with the Dutchman edging the race.

Until then, Hamilton had been coasting, his eighth world title seemingly in the bag, but Red Bull then received an unlikely “miracle” after Latifi crashed.

It allowed Red Bull to enforce a pit stop for Verstappen, who put on fresh tyres, while Hamilton didn’t pit as Mercedes didn’t want him to lose pole position if the race ended under the safety car.

Although Red Bull and Verstappen celebrated the Dutch driver’s maiden title, Mercedes have lodged an appeal, but it won’t alter the end result.

Another brilliant #F1 watch …. this time following #ChristianHorner on the #RedBull pit wall for the final lap. pic.twitter.com/hN97GMdLJl

— BenS (@SilkyLegend) December 12, 2021

The journey to the top of the world for @Max33Verstappen #AbuDhabiGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/rHHH4H0oUj

— Formula 1 (@F1) December 12, 2021

POS
NO
DRIVER
CAR
LAPS
TIME/RETIRED
PTS

1
33
Max Verstappen
RED BULL RACING HONDA
58
1:30:17.345
26

2
44
Lewis Hamilton
MERCEDES
58
+2.256s
18

3
55
Carlos Sainz
FERRARI
58
+5.173s
15

4
22
Yuki Tsunoda
ALPHATAURI HONDA
58
+5.692s
12

5
10
Pierre Gasly
ALPHATAURI HONDA
58
+6.531s
10

6
77
Valtteri Bottas
MERCEDES
58
+7.463s
8

7
4
Lando Norris
MCLAREN MERCEDES
58
+59.200s
6

8
14
Fernando Alonso
ALPINE RENAULT
58
+61.708s
4

9
31
Esteban Ocon
ALPINE RENAULT
58
+64.026s
2

10
16
Charles Leclerc
FERRARI
58
+66.057s
1

11
5
Sebastian Vettel
ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES
58
+67.527s
0

12
3
Daniel Ricciardo
MCLAREN MERCEDES
57
+1 lap
0

13
18
Lance Stroll
ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES
57
+1 lap
0

14
47
Mick Schumacher
HAAS FERRARI
57
+1 lap
0

15
11
Sergio Perez
RED BULL RACING HONDA
55
DNF
0

NC
6
Nicholas Latifi
WILLIAMS MERCEDES
50
DNF
0

NC
99
Antonio Giovinazzi
ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI
33
DNF
0

NC
63
George Russell
WILLIAMS MERCEDES
26
DNF
0

NC
7
Kimi Räikkönen
ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI
25
DNF
0

Max Verstappen wins WDC

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