Poll: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2021, Yas Island - Race 22

Rate the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix out of ten. If you want. I can’t be arsed.


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It's done with now. Nothing will change it.. Merc bottled it and rolled over..

That's what I find most shocking. I can almost understand not persevering with it if it was just a win in isolation. This win gave away the flipping championship which they had taken from them for no fault of their own and just following the rules placed out.
 
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Exactly and Max won't be able to escape the shadow no matter what he and the team say
I'd like to see alot of Max effigies next year. Little paper dolls with his face on and "paper champ 2021" written on :p Anything to rile him. Unlike Hamilton, he doesn't drive well angry. He doesn't drive well anyway, mind..
 

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Hamilton will not participate in today’s FIA prizegiving ceremony, which he is required by the regulations to attend having finished second in the world championship. Wolff has also decided to skip the ceremony. “I won’t be there because of my loyalty to Lewis and because of my own personal integrity,” he explained.

Fine incoming for Lewis and Mercedes. Ironic that there's a regulation for this :D
 
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What has happened here will be the death knell of F1.

What angers me the most is the way it has been totally ignored and swept under the carpet by the media. Thank god we have social media these days that cannot be silenced.

Perhaps they should embrace it.

At the last race of every championship we get "Masi's Power Hour", where for an hour he can make up as many rules as he likes for the lulz.
 
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That's what I find most shocking. I can almost understand not persevering with it if it was just a win in isolation. This win gave away the flipping championship which they had taken from them for no fault of their own and just following the rules placed out.

Look at the bigger picture, Mercedes still won the manufacturers championship so still get their preferred place on the grid next year and their prize money.

Lewis is already a 7-time champion, and three days after the botched race he received his official Knighthood.

I guess they've just decided there are more important things in life than fighting pointless battles, as it doesn't actually "change" anything for them in the future except the last record of 8 championships.

The more graceful decision is to walk away and protest peacefully (like refusing to attend the awards ceremony).
 
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Look at the bigger picture, Mercedes still won the manufacturers championship so still get their preferred place on the grid next year and their prize money.

Lewis is already a 7-time champion, and three days after the botched race he received his official Knighthood.

I guess they've just decided there are more important things in life than fighting pointless battles, as it doesn't actually "change" anything for them in the future except the last record of 8 championships.

The more graceful decision is to walk away and protest peacefully (like refusing to attend the awards ceremony).

I would be surprised if it didn't lose them a collosal amount of advertising revenue.
 
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Personally, the ceremony boycott doesn't sit well with me, especially after the statement that they're dropping their appeal.

By all means engage in the inquiry and push for reform (and replacing Masi) but not attending the event just feels like sour grapes.

They've already officially congratulated Max and Red Bull in their written statement, so why can't they do it in person?
 
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Personally, the ceremony boycott doesn't sit well with me, especially after the statement that they're dropping their appeal.

By all means engage in the inquiry and push for reform (and replacing Masi) but not attending the event just feels like sour grapes.

They've already officially congratulated Max and Red Bull in their written statement, so why can't they do it in person?

Are they not entitled to have sour grapes?

I'd be eating every sour grape i could find.
 
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With some of the other questionable decisions we've seen this year, I'd take a bet on Hamilton seriously not considering coming back to F1 at all, or at the very least retiring after 2022 and handing over to Russell.

He certainly doesn't need the money and could focus on his other racing projects.
 
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Look at the bigger picture, Mercedes still won the manufacturers championship so still get their preferred place on the grid next year and their prize money.

Lewis is already a 7-time champion, and three days after the botched race he received his official Knighthood.

I guess they've just decided there are more important things in life than fighting pointless battles, as it doesn't actually "change" anything for them in the future except the last record of 8 championships.

The more graceful decision is to walk away and protest peacefully (like refusing to attend the awards ceremony).

Yes but now he is only a seven time world champion when everyone who watched the race know damn well he should be 8 x World Champion.

What's to say he never wins another race again? That could well have been his last opportunity to attempt to break the record and it was taken away from him unfairly.


I'm petty but I wouldn't mind if Max never got another WDC and had to deal with the repercussions of this for a few more years.
 
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There will forever be an asterisk next to this years title.

Max really didn’t want it this way either and whilst he may show a smug exterior on the outside he’ll be gutted, disappointed and shamed with what happened
 

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Id love to see him take on a mentor role and allow George to win the WDC. Would be interesting to see Max being frustrated by Lewis playing that wingman role.
 
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