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Max Verstappen says his F1 season was ‘really unlucky’ and insists he deserved controversial win over Lewis Hamilton

MAX VERSTAPPEN insists his controversial F1 title triumph was just reward for his ‘really unlucky’ season.

The Red Bull star denied Lewis Hamilton an eighth crown after race director Michael Masi sparked fury with a last-lap restart in the final GP.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen insists he was the dominant driver in his 2021 title-winning campaign
Lewis Hamilton was denied an eighth world crown after a hotly-debated last-lap restart

Masi ignored rules by letting Verstappen go out in front of lapped cars – leaving race leader Hamilton a sitting duck on his older tyres.

Hamilton’s sense of injustice reportedly left him contemplating retiring.

But Verstappen insists he dominated the 2021 campaign and only failed to clinch the title far earlier due to misfortune.

Asked if the Abu Dhabi debacle took the gloss off his triumph, the Dutchman told The Guardian: “Not at all.

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“I had a very good season and I think I really deserved it.

“‘I have been really unlucky as well.

“People always remember the last race but, if you look at the whole season, the championship should have been decided way earlier.”

And he claims it would have been far more painful for him than Hamilton iuf he had lost out in such a much-criticised manner.


Verstappen said: “For me it’s difficult to picture myself in that situation, because I’m not a seven-time world champion. 

“If I was already a seven-time world champion it hurts a bit less than when I am fighting for my first, leading all the way, controlling it all the way, and then losing it on the last lap. 

“That would be way more painful than already having seven in the bag.”

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