How Abu Dhabi’s finale helped F1 transcend its normal news cycle
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix's final few laps elevated the 2021 Formula 1 finale from a run-of-the-mill formality for Lewis Hamilton to a last-second title triumph for Max Verstappen. But although the FIA's late-race decisions plunged the race's end into controversy, it sent shockwaves beyond F1's usual reach in the media
The Formula 1 bubble has, historically, posed as a parochial environment at the best of times. Its biggest stories – surprise driver transfers, on-track controversies and crashes – have rarely transcended anything other than the specialist news sites and the sports pages of the national papers.
Although Netflix's Drive to Survive has pushed F1 more towards the mainstream, it's still rare to see any kind of motorsport receive top billing in national news stories. That's what makes the aftershock of 2021's Abu Dhabi season finale so seismic.
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As the driver of Formula 1’s medical car, Alan van der Merwe’s job is to wait – and hope his skills aren’t needed. James Newbold hears from F1’s lesser-known stalwart.
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Lando Norris came of age as a grand prix driver in 2021. McLaren’s young ace is no longer an apprentice or a quietly capable number two – he’s proved himself a potential winner in the top flight and, as Stuart Codling finds out, he’s ready to stake his claim to greatness…
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George Russell joining Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes this year gives it arguably the best line-up in Formula 1 – if it can avoid too many fireworks. After serving his apprenticeship at Williams, Russell is the man that Mercedes team believes can lead it in the post-Hamilton era, but how will he fare against the seven-time champion? Motorsport.com heard from the man himself
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