Lewis Hamilton says FIA ‘manipulated’ last-lap showdown in radio message
The Guardian says Lewis Hamilton accused the FIA of manipulating the final race of the season shortly before losing his Formula One world title to Max Verstappen, it has emerged.
The Mercedes driver was generous in defeat in Abu Dhabi after his dreams of an eighth world title controversially ended in a final lap showdown. But on that last lap, after Verstappen had passed him, Hamilton said over the radio: “This has been manipulated, man.”
After Nicholas Latifi crashed his Williams on lap 53 of 58 the expectation would ordinarily have been for the race to conclude under the safety car. However, Mercedes believe there was an unfair FIA intervention from the race director, Michael Masi, to ensure Verstappen was right behind Hamilton for that final‑lap shootout.
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