As Lineker and Piers fume and fans say the loss'stinks,' Lewis Hamilton 'fixes'.
Gary Lineker and Piers Morgan have led the outrage over Max Verstappen's victory over Lewis Hamilton to win the 2021 Formula One Drivers' World Championship.
They were among the thousands who took to Twitter following the season-ending race in Abu Dhabi, in which Red Bull's Verstappen was given the opportunity to pass Hamilton on the final lap after a safety car was deployed.
Mercedes was furious that lapped cars were allowed to overtake the safety car and give Verstappen a clear run at his rival. Hamilton led the race from the first corner until the penultimate lap, with Mercedes furious that lapped cars were allowed to overtake the safety car and give Verstappen a clear run at his rival.
As a result, Hamilton missed out on a record-equaling eighth world championship, as fresh tyres aided Verstappen, allowing him to surpass the total he shares with Michael Schumacher.
"I don't know what I just saw, but it can't be right. Hamilton's been robbed, surely?" Morgan wrote.
"What a joke. That stinks," Lineker added.
Their rage was sparked after Mercedes' newcomer George Russell slammed the "unacceptable nature" of the season being decided on the final lap of the final race.
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A large portion of the F1 fanbase expressed their dissatisfaction online, with one fan writing: "That has to be the biggest fix I've ever seen in 40 years of sport."
"That has fix written all over it Pouting face-hashtag-AbuDhabiGP congratulations Lewis Hamilton. True champion," a second added.
"It was a fix," a third added. "They did it on purpose to give Max the title. They cheated Lewis out of it and made up the rules at the end."
"Absolutely fix," says a fourth. "Well done, Lewis Hamilton, what an incredible sportsman you are. You don't get the respect you deserve."