As Mercedes loses Hamilton's appeal, Max Verstappen is confirmed as F1 world champion.
Following a tense wait following the gripping conclusion of the Abu Dhabi GP, Max Verstappen has been officially confirmed as Formula One World Drivers' Champion for the first time in his career. The Dutch driver overtook Lewis Hamilton in the final lap to get the victory he set out to achieve - having taken advantage of confusion caused by the use of a safety car.
After Nicholas Latifi's crash, some but not all lapped cars reclaimed their positions, leaving Verstappen within meters of him on the track and with fresh tyres, leaving Hamilton speechless.
After watching his star miss out on a historic victory, team boss Toto Wolff remained unusually quiet, and his side filed two official complaints to stewards over the event, both of which have now been dismissed.
"It's disappointing we had to go through that," Christian Horner said after the verdict was announced on Sky Sports News.
"I'm so proud of Max and the entire team; he's the world champion, and he's a deserving world champion."
Following the news, Red Bull's garage was filled with music, as Mercedes was left devastated by Hamilton's second-place finish.
The official appeals were filed shortly after the race, with one involving Verstappen overtaking Hamilton under safety car conditions just before the restart, and the other involving an alleged incorrect use of safety car procedures under Race Director Michael Masi's guidance.
Horner was seen leaving a stewards meeting that had been adjourned later that evening.
And he was in a very different mood than when he was celebrating after the race.
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Thousands, including Hamilton's 2022 teammate George Russell, took to Twitter after the contentious season finale in Abu Dhabi.
"THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE!!!! Max is an absolutely fantastic driver who has had an incredible season, and I have nothing but enormous respect for him," he said.
"It's hard for me to believe what we've just witnessed."
Despite his disappointment, Hamilton responded to his fans on social media by congratulating his rival.
"First and foremost, congratulations to Max and his team," Hamilton said after losing.
"I believe we did an outstanding job this year."
My team, everyone at the factory, has put in so much effort this year; it's been the most trying of seasons.
I'm incredibly proud of them, and I'm honored to be a part of their journey.
"In the final stretch of the season, we gave it everything we had and never gave up."