Lewis Hamilton claimed final race 'manipulated' in unheard team radio message
Lewis Hamilton was clearly fuming
Audio has emerged of Lewis Hamilton telling his Mercedes teammates that the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix had been "manipulated".
A video from Hamilton's Mercedes has circulated on Twitter and features a snippet of audio that clearly shows the seven-time champion's frustrations after he was overtaken on Sunday and denied a record-breaking eighth world title.
Lewis' final lap radio 📻
"This is getting manipulated man"
— Sir Lewis Hamilton Updates (@SirLewisUpdates) December 12, 2021
Hamilton had led for most of the race before being overtaken by Red Bull's Max Verstappen on the final lap. The Dutchman breezed past after a safety car had earlier come onto the track following a crash involving Nicholas Latifi.
That allowed 24-year-old Verstappen to change tyres, giving him a distinct advantage. Hamilton, 36, had been on the same tyres since lap 14.
Mercedes launched appeals over two alleged breaches of the sporting regulations, but they were rejected by race stewards.
The team now intends to go to the International Court of Appeal.
Read more: Explained: The exact FIA rules F1 race director Michael Masi is accused of breaking
Hamilton is to be knighted on Wednesday.
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