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Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Yas Marina, 2021

Max Verstappen has taken the 2021 world drivers’ championship, becoming the 34th Formula 1 world champion.

The Red Bull driver passed Lewis Hamilton to win the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on the last lap of the race after a last-lap restart.

Verstappen is the fourth-youngest ever F1 champion, at 24 years, two months and twelve days. He sits in age behind Sebastian Vettel,, Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso.

The championship was won at the heavily reprofiled Yas Marina circuit for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the 22nd and final race in the 2021 F1 calendar. Verstappen had fought a close battle for the title with Hamilton throughout the season, coming into the last race weekend on exactly equal points for 369.5 each.

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List of Formula 1 drivers’ champions as of 2020

Rank Driver Championships Years 1 Michael Schumacher 7 1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 1 Lewis Hamilton 7 2008, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 3 Juan Manuel Fangio 5 1951, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957 4 Alain Prost 4 1985, 1986, 1989, 1993 4 Sebastian Vettel 4 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 6 Jack Brabham 3 1959, 1960, 1966 6 Jackie Stewart 3 1969, 1971, 1973 6 Niki Lauda 3 1975, 1977, 1984 6 Nelson Piquet 3 1981, 1983, 1987 6 Ayrton Senna 3 1988, 1990, 1991 11 Alberto Ascari 2 1952, 1953 11 Jim Clark 2 1963, 1965 11 Graham Hill 2 1962, 1968 11 Emerson Fittipaldi 2 1972, 1974 11 Mika Hakkinen 2 1998, 1999 11 Fernando Alonso 2 2005, 2006 17 Giuseppe Farina 1 1950 17 Mike Hawthorn 1 1958 17 Phil Hill 1 1961 17 John Surtees 1 1964 17 Denny Hulme 1 1967 17 Jochen Rindt 1 1970 17 James Hunt 1 1976 17 Mario Andretti 1 1978 17 Jody Scheckter 1 1979 17 Alan Jones 1 1980 17 Keke Rosberg 1 1982 17 Nigel Mansell 1 1992 17 Damon Hill 1 1996 17 Jacques Villeneuve 1 1997 17 Kimi Raikkonen 1 2007 17 Jenson Button 1 2009 17 Nico Rosberg 1 2016 17 Max Verstappen 1 2021

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2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

  • Mercedes tell FIA they plan appeal over restart decision they believe cost Hamilton title
  • Norris: race director’s lapped cars decision ‘was for TV’
  • Verstappen keeps win and championship as stewards reject both Mercedes protests
  • Mercedes’ protest ‘sums up the season’ says new champion Verstappen
  • Verstappen’s last-lap pass “a wonderful way to win the championship” – Horner

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