Fernando Alonso reflected on the 2021 title race, and hailed both contenders for their phenomenal efforts.
This season had two championship protagonists in Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen. A titanic battle between the two saw both enter the final race of the season level on points, but only Verstappen left with the championship.
It was so dramatic that it was decided on the final lap of the race, with Super Max passing the seven-time world champion to win his first world title. It was also a race shrouded in controversy, but the Alpine driver chose to focus on the positives.
Alonso reflected on the 2021 title race, and heaped praise on both drivers for their efforts.
“I wasn’t following the race too much, but when there were two laps to go I had Lewis in front and Max four cars behind,” he said, as quoted by TheJudge13.
“Obviously I was surprised to see the reverse order in the final classification. It was an epic race, an epic championship, to have the two contenders on equal points in the last race and to be fighting wheel to wheel on the last lap of the last race is something incredible.”
“I’m happy for Max, but I’m especially sorry for Lewis,” he continued. “He had an incredible end to the season.
“And to be honest, from my point of view, I don’t care who wins, but I think they both deserve it. In the end, only one can win. So yes, it was an intense fight, good for the sport.
“And you know, it’s always obvious that if you’re the lucky one, it’s great. If you’re not, it’s not great. I think more than any other year, if you could split the trophy in two, this was the year to do it. Because they were both outstanding.
“Max the champion, it was a matter of time before he won the trophy. Without the safety car Lewis was world champion, and with the safety car Max is world champion.
“So it’s purely a matter of luck, what happened in Abu Dhabi. It’s going to be a big topic, I guess, but if you take the 22 races, as I said on Thursday, any one of them could be world champion,” he concluded.