Petition to overturn Abu Dhabi 2021 result surpasses 100,000 signatures

Mark Scott
Lewis Hamilton leads Max Verstappen into the last lap of the Abu Dhabi GP. Yas Marina December 2021.

Green flag is waved as Lewis Hamilton leads Max Verstappen into the last lap of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Yas Marina December 2021.

A petition created by a disgruntled fan to overturn the Abu Dhabi 2021 result in favour of Lewis Hamilton has now surpassed 100,000 signatures.

December 12th 2021, is a date that will be forever etched into the F1 history books, and the reaction to the controversial finish is as raw now as it was nearly 18 months ago.

After a fierce and ferocious title battle between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen all season long, the Red Bull driver would come out on top via a last-lap shoot-out sanctioned by then FIA race director Michael Masi.

A crash from Williams driver Nicholas Latifi triggered what initially looked like a Safety Car finish to end the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, a scenario which would have seen Hamilton break Michael Schumacher’s mighty record of seven World Championship titles.

But that plan suddenly changed when Masi allowed only the lapped cars between race leader Hamilton and Max Verstappen to un-lap themselves, creating a dramatic climax to a race where it felt like the whole world was watching.

The memories of that day were stirred once again when Masi, who lost his race director role in the following months after the race, returned to the F1 paddock for the first time since that unforgettable day at his home Grand Prix weekend in Australia.

His re-appearance was questioned by some sections of the F1 media and Lewis Hamilton made it very clear he had absolutely no interest in speaking to him about how events unfolded in the 2021 season finale.

The response from F1 fans was strong, too, and an ongoing petition initially set up on Change.Org by Patel Gordon-Bennett is still being inundated with signatures to protest the outcome of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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‘I believe that justice was not served on Sunday, December 12th 2021, when the FIA stewards denied Lewis Hamilton of his win of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix,’ the accompanying statement to the petition read.

‘With less than 1 lap remaining, some lapped cars were allowed to pass the Safety Car, which does not comply with the rules of the F1 sport.

‘This gave rival opponent Max Verstappen the opportunity to overtake Lewis Hamilton and win the Grand Prix.

‘If you are an advocate of justice, honesty, and fairness, please sign this petition. Leaving this decision as it stands will send a very wrong message to youngsters and future racers.’

The next landmark figure to reach is 150,000, which would make it one of the most signed petitions on Change.Org.

The 2021 title isn’t the only piece of silverware involving Hamilton that continues to be under scrutiny, with Felipe Massa assessing his legal options following recent comments made by then-F1 owner Bernie Ecclestone that he had knowledge during the 2008 season that Renault had deliberately instigated a crash at the Singapore Grand Prix.

Ecclestone is now of the belief Formula 1 should have cancelled the race which would cost Hamilton six points and thus made Massa the World Champion.