Petition to Overturn Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2021 In Favor Of Lewis Hamilton Gains Massive Traction

Giancarlo Perlas April 14, 2023
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A controversial finish at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2021 denied Lewis Hamilton his eighth world title. (Photo Source: F1)

A petition has been created by a Formula 1 fan who is unhappy with the outcome of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2021. So far, it is fast approaching 100,000 signatures. The race, which took place on December 12th, 2021, will forever be remembered in the history of the sport due to the controversial finish that has left some fans feeling aggrieved.

The Battle for the 2021 Title

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen had been locked in a fierce battle for the championship during the 2021 season. However, the defining moment down to the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi. Hamilton was on the verge of breaking Michael Schumacher’s record of seven World Championship titles when a crash from Williams driver Nicholas Latifi triggered a Safety Car finish.

Controversial Decision

However, the race director, Michael Masi, made a controversial decision to allow only the lapped cars to un-lap themselves, creating a dramatic climax to the race. This decision gave Verstappen the opportunity to overtake Hamilton and win the Grand Prix, thus, denying the eighth world title of the Mercedes driver.

Outrage Among Fans

A petition filed by Mercedes-AMG Petronas to nullify the result of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 2021 was dismissed by F1. (Photo Source:

The controversial decision has caused outrage among some fans, and an ongoing petition started by Patel Gordon-Bennet on Change.Org is being inundated with signatures to protest the outcome of the race. The appeal argues that justice was not served, and that allowing the lapped cars to un-lap themselves was a violation of the rules of the sport. Currently, the petition has over 93,000 signatures out of its 150,000 target.

Calls for Justice

The petition calls for justice, honesty, and fairness, arguing that leaving the decision as it stands would send the wrong message to young people and future racers. It is not just fans who are unhappy with the outcome of the race; even Hamilton has made it clear that he has no interest in speaking to Masi about how events unfolded ever again.

Final Thoughts

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2021 will forever be remembered for the controversial finish that has certainly left a bad taste for hardcore fans of F1. While it remains to be seen whether the petition will have any impact on the outcome of the race, it is clear that there are many people who feel that justice was not served on that fateful day.

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Giancarlo Perlas

Giancarlo Perlas is an economist by profession with a career spanning nearly two decades. His professional journey has seen him assume vital roles in various government and private organizations, particularly in the blockchain and cryptocurrency sectors. Alongside his civic and corporate pursuits is his love for cars, particularly those made by Mercedes-Benz. In 2012, he found himself with like-minded individuals within BenzInsider. From then on, he used the platform as a way to share his passion with the automotive community. Follow his Facebook page at, X (formerly Twitter) @giancarloperlas, and IG @benzinsider. View all posts by Giancarlo Perlas →

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