Well, it was never going to end simply, was it? Actually, for most of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix it seemed that might be exactly what would happen, as Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes-AMG held the race and the world championship in their grasp. Then Nicholas Latifi crashed his Williams at turn 14 on lap 53 of 58 – and all hell broke loose. How Max Verstappen came back from the dead to snatch the 2021 world championship right out of Hamilton’s hands on the final lap, after a jaw-dropping sequence of events… it almost defied belief.
Just like last week after the race on the streets of Jeddah, we’re left to pick through the detritus to review what happened piece by piece, to get some perspective on one of the most astonishing, but also deeply unsatisfactory, F1 title climaxes we’ve ever seen.