‘Bent the rules!’ FIA urged to hand Hamilton 2021 F1 Championship by readers

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Lewis Hamilton was set to take home a record eighth F1 title last year in the closing stages of the final race before a departure from the conventional racing rulebook enabled the Dutchman to come out on top. Now that the FIA – motorsport’s governing body – has exposed Red Bull for being in breach of the cost cap, many are calling for the Briton to be awarded the title. A recent Express.co.uk poll found most readers believed the 2021 title was rightfully Hamilton’s.

In what was already the most controversial season finale in years, Max Verstappen won the 2021 Formula 1 World Drivers’ Championship by overtaking rival Hamilton on the last lap of the last race in Abu Dhabi.

Long after the dust had settled – over 300 days since the Dutchman took home his maiden title – the FIA made public the findings of its investigation into team finances, revealing Red Bull had committed a “minor” overspend of the £114million budget cap last year.

Motorsport’s governing body remains yet to mete out punishment to the Milton Keynes outfit, but has confirmed Verstappen will not have to forfeit his 2021 crown – a revelation drawing much criticism from the F1 community.

Indeed, it has been reported that Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff, whose lead driver had to settle for second place in the championship last year, is planning a big budget overspend in future if Red Bull faces no serious consequences for the breach.

Last Sunday, Verstappen secured his second World Drivers’ Championship at the Japanese Grand Prix in far less dramatic circumstances, after his closest rival Charles Leclerc incurred a penalty in the last few corners of the race.

READ MORE: Verstappen 2021 title penalty ‘to get worse’ as Hamilton offered hope

Amid the ongoing debate, Express.co.uk ran a poll from 4pm on Wednesday, October 12, to 12pm on Monday, October 17, asking readers: “Should Lewis Hamilton be awarded the 2021 F1 title after Red Bull exceeded the cost cap?”

Overall, 14,120 votes were cast with over three-quarters, 77 percent (10,822 people) answering “Yes”, last year’s title should change hands in Hamilton’s favour.

Only 23 percent of respondents (3,215 people) said “No”, the result should stay as it is, while less than one percent (83 people) selected that they did not know.

In the hundreds of comments left below the accompanying article, barely any readers came to the defence of Red Bull and Verstappen.

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Hamilton fans appeared to be out in force. Username Mayihaveaword opting for sarcasm, saying: “So Red Bull broke the spending cap rules and the FIA re-wrote the rule book on the last lap of a race which both enabled Verstappen to win the title. What’s the problem, I wonder?”

Username Naming rights said simply: “Hamilton. Won the title, anything else was theft!”

Username Bob101 agreed, commenting: “No, Lewis should be handed last year’s Championship because he won it! Max was gifted it by bending the rules!”

Some placed blame on the FIA, such as username darnocl who said: “Of course, Lewis won. It was only Masi’s blunder that enabled the contrived result, and this cost overrun only compounds it! Hand it over Verstappen it’s not yours!”

Others went as far as to suggest punishments and rulebook alterations, like sername blockedbythesegoons, who wrote: “Simple answer really. Just make 2021 a non-Championship year. No winners, no losers.”

Username Engie007 concurred, commenting: “I agree, void the Championship and cut RB’s budget by 5 times the amount of the overspend, that sends a message to all teams in the pits.”

Similarly, username ancientgreek suggested: “It would be fair if the FIA reduced the points scored by the same percentage that the team were overspent.”

Username f1cb proposed future caution, saying: “Lewis should be given the 21 title. Red Bull should also be thoroughly investigated this race season as well.”

Some, however, saw opportunity in the cost cap breach revelations. Username mikecharm commented: “Verstappen winning in Abu Dhabi was a disgrace on the FIA. To now find out that Red Bull exceeded the price cap is a genuine way for them to right this wrong.”



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