While Max Verstappen claimed his first world title thanks to his victory in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Esteban Ocon returned to the contested final of the race.
Thanks to his victory in Abu Dhabi, Max Verstappen managed to win his first world title, thus preventing Lewis Hamilton to be sacred for the eighth time. However, the last Grand Prix of the season was controversial, with in particular the intervention of the safety car before the race resumed for a final lap, giving a clear advantage to Max Verstappen. Mercedes finally decided not to appeal to the CAS, and in the eyes ofEsteban Ocon, no controversy is to report despite the strong decisions that have been taken.
« I don’t think this is all for the show »
» I don’t think it’s done on purpose, I think it just took longer. I listened to the radio communications between Michael Masi and Red Bull, which was being said. And in fact, where there was an error, there was a message saying that the cars would not be allowed to resume their turn. They must have thought the Safety Car was going to last less, but the car took a while to clear and there was a fire. But we should have been released right away and I think Mercedes would have stopped to put on softs too, and that made the difference. I don’t think it’s all for the show, it’s decisions that took a little longer to be made. The championship is played on the last lap, it’s a crazy thing, and it’s just like the season. It’s been a crazy season from start to finish, there were some big opportunities for us, teams that didn’t necessarily deserve to be on the podium or to win races. This was not the case in 2016, 2017 and 2018 so that’s a good thing. Sport is going very well, it is going in the right direction, everyone is talking about F1 and if we continue like this, it will double football so it’s great », Explains the pilot Alpine in an interview with Nextgen-Auto.