Max Verstappen clinched his first-ever Drivers’ Championship title ahead of legendary Lewis Hamilton by winning the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in a historic end to a thrilling season on Sunday.
The 24-year-old F1 driver has managed to pass his Mercedes rival on the final lap after a last-gasp safety car period in what is likely to be remembered as one of the most controversial and memorable races in the history of F1 races.
Lewis Hamilton began the race behind Verstappen on the front row of the grid but made a flying start to take the lead into the first turn.
The races went on to make contact with each other in the fifth turn which counts as another twist in this season, but the incident was not investigated by the race organizers.
Lewis Hamilton kept his advantage and started to keep himself away from Verstappen who was not fast enough, in the beginning, to lay a glove on his opposite number for the majority of the contest.
The Red Bull team did all they could to throw the kitchen sink at the legendary Hamilton, along with Sergio Perez brilliantly to slow down his progress by holding him up before the Mexican GP and it was called off for his first-ever pit stop for the afternoon.