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‘Stupid' Abu Dhabi GP ending will cost Formula 1 viewers

The 'stupid' ending to the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will deter some Formula 1 fans from watching another grand prix, former F1 racer Stefan Johansson has said. Sir Lewis Hamilton was beaten to the title by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in 2021 following a highly controversial late decision by race director Michael Masi to only allow a limited number of lapped runners to clear the Safety Car ahead of the final lap. Many have taken the cynical perspective that this was done in order to manufacture an entertaining finish between the two title protagonists, as the unique Safety Car restart allowed the Dutchman to pass the seven-time champion on the last lap to claim his maiden F1 championship....
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