F1 Abu Dhabi GP Live Commentary and Updates - race day
By: Jake Boxall-Legge, Haydn Cobb, Stefan Mackley
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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!
And here's the report - and that's it for 2021! https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/f1-abu-dhabi-gp-verstappen-defeats-hamilton-to-win-title-in-controversial-last-lap-duel/6877931/
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.
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."
09:44 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.
09:38 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.
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!