F1 Abu Dhabi GP Live Commentary and Updates - race day

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By: Jake Boxall-Legge, Haydn Cobb, Stefan Mackley

Summary

  • Verstappen wins the Abu Dhabi GP and his maiden F1 title with a last-lap pass on Hamilton
  • Safety car pits with one lap remaining after Latifi hits the barrier
  • Verstappen pitted for fresh soft tyres under caution period, Hamilton stayed out on old hards
  • Raikkonen retires from final F1 race with brake issue
  • At the start Hamilton took the lead but went off-track as Verstappen tried to repass - no investigation deemed necessary
Leaderboard
  1. Verstappen, Red Bull
  2. Hamilton, Mercedes
  3. Sainz, Ferrari
  4. Tsunoda, AlphaTauri
  5. Gasly, AlphaTauri
  6. Bottas, Mercedes
  7. Norris, McLaren
  8. Alonso, Alpine
  9. Ocon, Alpine
  10. Leclerc, Ferrari
Status: Stopped
09:59 To everyone who followed us this year - thank you so much for joining us, we really hope you've enjoyed our updates. Have a wonderful Christmas, if you celebrate, and we'll see you next year. Good afternoon, good evening and goodnight!
09:55 Blimey O'Riley, I think I've got my breath back now - that was something else. I think we're in for a very busy evening tonight - report coming your way very shortly!
09:51 This season finale will be one debated in years to come.
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09:48 Hamilton: "Firstly, a big congratulations to Max and his team. I think we did an amazing job this year. It's been the most difficult of seasons. We gave it everything, and we never gave up."
09:46 Sainz: "I was very strong today. With the safety car at the end, nerves were high, but I kept it together."
09:45
 
09:44 Verstappen "It's unbelievable. All race, I kept fighting and then I had that opportunity on the final lap. Finally, a bit of luck for me. I want to say thank you to Checo too, he's the best team-mate."
09:43 Have you caught your breath yet? We haven't.
09:39
 
09:38 Carlos Sainz Jr finished third - we missed that among all the fun. Tsunoda and Gasly were fourth and fifth, with Bottas, Norris, Alonso, Ocon and Leclerc completing the top 10.
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09:36
 
09:36 Good. Lord.
09:34 Max Verstappen wins the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - AND the title!
09:34 Hamilton comes back at him into Turn 9 - but Verstappen holds him! The title is his!
09:33 Verstappen makes the lunge into Turn 5 - and he takes the lead!
09:32 "Michael..." says Wolff, lost for words. That's it.
09:32 Race control let the lapped runners through! This is it!
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