Max Verstappen took a sensational win at the 2021 Abu Dhabi GP with victory on the last lap after a late safety car, overtaking Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton who had led the majority of the race and looked odds on for the win, thus meaning the Dutchman is the Formula 1 World Champion.

Hamilton jumped Verstappen off the start and took the lead of the Grand Prix, though Verstappen did attempt an early lunge forcing the Mercedes off track, though he regained the lead the drove off into the distance. Following the first set of pit stops, Hamilton came out behind Sergio Perez who held the seven-time champion up, much to his teammate’s delight.

Then a late safety car was deployed after Nicholas Latifi crashed into the wall, Verstappen dipped into the pits to get a new set of soft tyres and after just five lapped cars were let through, and the Red Bull was behind the Mercedes of Hamilton who had old hard tyres on his car.

That meant Verstappen took the win and eventually the 2021 World Drivers’ Championship, though Mercedes won the Constructors title.

F1 2021 Saudi Arabian GP Full Race Results

Pos.DriverTeamPoints
1Max VerstappenRed Bull454
2Charles LeclercFerrari308
3Sergio PerezRed Bull305
4George RussellMercedes275
5Carlos SainzFerrari246
6Lewis HamiltonMercedes240
7Lando NorrisMcLaren122
8Esteban OconAlpine92
9Fernando AlonsoAlpine81
10Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo49
11Sebastian VettelAston Martin37
12Daniel RicciardoMcLaren37
13Kevin MagnussenHaas25
14Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri23
15Lance StrollAston Martin18
16Mick SchumacherHaas12
17Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri12
18Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo6
19Alex AlbonWilliams4
20Nyck De VriesWilliams2
21Nicholas LatifiWilliams2
22Nico HulkenbergAston Martin0

In the Constructors Championship, Mercedes took the crown ahead of Red Bull after Sergio Perez was retired from the race. Ferrari also won their battle with McLaren to take third place. 

Pos.TeamPoints
1Red Bull759
2Ferrari554
3Mercedes515
4Alpine173
5McLaren159
6Alfa Romeo55
7Aston Martin55
8Haas37
9AlphaTauri35
10Williams8
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates winning the race and the world championship REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah