13 Dec 2021

Verstappen takes the crown at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

From Morning Report, 8:40 am on 13 December 2021

In one of the most exciting finishes ever to the Formula One season, Max Verstappen has won his first World Championship, snatching victory in the final grand prix in Abu Dhabi.

Verstappen was on equal points to defending champion Lewis Hamilton heading into the race.

 Hamilton had been leading when, in controversial circumstances, Red Bull's Verstappen overtook him on the final lap of the race to take the crown.

Britain's Lewis Hamilton had been bidding to win a record 8th world title, while Verstappen is the first Dutch Formula One champion.

Motorsport analyst and commentator Bob McMurray spoke to Susie Ferguson.