Max Verstappen names hilarious regret after Red Bull’s lively Abu Dhabi title afterparty

Max Verstappen prevails in world title shoot-out

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Max Verstappen unsurprisingly didn’t hold back during his F1 title celebrations after a long wait to decide whether his Abu Dhabi Grand Prix victory would stand. Verstappen controversially beat Lewis Hamilton with a final lap overtake on Sunday, winning his maiden title in the process.

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff was furious at the contentious outcome after Verstappen profited from a late safety car, courtesy of Nicholas Lafiti’s crash.

The Silver Arrows launched two protests after the race – one for whether the 24-year-old overtook Hamilton before the safety car period ended, and the other for the number of cars allowed to unlap themselves ahead of the final lap.

Both were rejected, though, which saw Red Bull waste no time to kick start the celebrations in Abu Dhabi.

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Verstappen left the party at 7am local time, as the sun was rising, and was unsurprisingly a little worse for wear after waking up.

On Monday, he told a video call: “All the emotions they come out. So it was a lot of fun. Of course when I woke up it wasn’t so fun. I maybe regretted that final drink.”

He also revealed that Wolff congratulated him on his first world title via text despite his rage at the outcome.

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“Toto sent me a text — congratulations on on the season and that I deserve to win it,” Verstappen explained.

“So that was very nice of him, of course. Emotions run very high to that last lap from both teams. It is what it is. We will see.”

Mercedes were left reeling after FIA race director Michael Masi’s late u-turn on overtaking rules during the safety car period.

That led to Verstappen catching Hamilton up and eventually overtaking him on the final lap.

There has been mass demand for clarity over regulations after the Dutchman’s controversial win in Abu Dhabi, but he has argued that F1 isn’t the only sport where decisions are debated.

He added: “You’re going to look into what can we do or what should have been done. This is with all kinds of decisions, isn’t it? The same in football with the referee.

“Should it have been a penalty, shouldn’t it have been a penalty? What can we improve? Should we have had a different camera angle? All these kind of things, you’re going to bring up, for sure.”

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