Taking advantage of his faster tyres, Verstappen comfortably overtook Hamilton and sealed victory to pip Hamilton to the world championship title.
This was Verstappen’s maiden title. He also became the first ever Dutch driver to secure the world championship.
Rohit Sharma, captain of the Indian cricket team in limited-over internationals, seemed thrilled by the dramatic end to the race.
To sum up his thoughts on the race’s sensational final lap, Rohit took to Twitter on Sunday evening.
The opening batter used a cricket analogy to describe Verstappen’s victory, saying it was akin to a batter winning a game with a last-ball six.
“1 ball 6 required and guess what, Max Verstappen hits it. Unbelievable win #AbuDhabiGP #F1TitleChampionship,” Rohit wrote on his Twitter account.
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) December 12, 2021
Earlier in Sunday’s race, Hamilton overtook Verstappen at the very beginning and took a comfortable lead.
However, having pitted early in the race, Hamilton’s tyres wore out towards the end.
The British driver was still in a comfortable position before Latifi’s crash allowed Verstappen to close in due to safety car regulations and then seal victory with a final-lap overtake.
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