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Lewis Hamilton's Brother Joins In Chorus Of Criticism For FIA

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Lewis Hamilton's Brother Joins In Chorus Of Criticism For FIA

The fallout from Max Verstappen's controversial Formula One driver's world title victory continues, with Lewis Hamilton's brother calling out the FIA.

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All season Verstappen and Hamilton were in an incredible battle for the title and it came down to the last lap of the last race to decide who would be world champion.

There were many controversial incidents between the pair all season and Hamilton fans were fuming that the race in Abu Dhabi came down to the decision to allow half the drivers to unlap themselves under the safety car, but not the others.

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Whilst Hamilton, and his dad, had pretty classy responses to Verstappen's victory, the Mercedes driver's brother Nicolas was not happy, posting on Instagram to criticise the FIA.

"THE TRUE CHAMPION!," the younger Hamilton said, "The FIA broke their own rules, which is a disgrace to our whole sport. Nevertheless, regardless of being mistreated today, the Hamilton’s were humble in defeat.


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"My father, the guy who raised us, congratulating Max & his father Jos. People can say what they like, but my Father’s gesture proves all of the doubters & haters wrong & shows who we are as ‘The Hamilton’s’.

"Proving people wrong is in our DNA, which Lewis does on a daily basis. With utter professionalism & decency in defeat, even though we all know, that he was let down by the sport that he has given so much to.

"Congratulations to Max for such a fantastic season from him."

Hamilton looks on as Verstappen wins. Image: PA Images
Hamilton looks on as Verstappen wins. Image: PA Images
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The drama started on the first lap, when the Red Bull driver attempted to overtake pole sitter Hamilton on the sixth corner and the leader had to take pervasive action and drive over the corner.

Red Bull wanted a penalty for the British driver but the stewards and race director Michael Masi turned down their protests over the radio.

Hamilton then drove off in the distance and, following the pit stops, it looked like he would win an eighth world title, which would have been the record.

A virtual safety car gave Verstappen change onto fresher tyres but, whilst he did shorten the gap to the leader, he didn't look like catching his rival.

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Fireworks going off as Verstappen wins the title. Image: PA Images
Fireworks going off as Verstappen wins the title. Image: PA Images

However, with just six laps to go, Nicholas Latifi crashed out of the race, forcing a safety car and grouping the drivers back together, with the world champion leader once again pitting and the race leader staying out.

It looked like the race would either end behind the safety car or the lapped cars would be allowed to go back into position, stopping Verstappen from having the chance to overtake Hamilton.

At the last minute, Masi changed his mind and freed the cars between the two rivals, restarting the race with them in first and second. Verstappen was soon past Hamilton and winning the title for the first time.

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Just minutes after losing to Verstappen, seven time world champion Hamilton, gave a classy congratulations his rival and embraced the Dutchman.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen, Formula 1

Ryan Sidle
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