Lewis Hamilton named 2021 F1 world champion by French publication Grand Prix


Lewis Hamilton was crowned world champion eight times, not by F1, but by a French newspaper.

The publication has released a new cover for its latest issue. They hailed Lewis Hamilton as world champion for 2021 instead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.

French journalist Daniel Ortelli shared the coverage via a tweet on social media while saying it would “make some noise”.

It’s unclear whether the move is a direct response to shocking footage of Michael Masi essentially colluding with Red Bull’s Christian Horner and Jonathan Wheatley towards the end of F1’s 2021 season finale.

Hamilton was on the verge of winning what would have been an unprecedented eighth F1 world championship in Abu Dhabi. A late crash by Williams’ Nicholas Latifi saw the emergence of the safety car followed by a string of questionable decisions from race director Michael Masi.

New footage from the end of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has shown Masi almost acting on orders from Red Bull bosses to restart the race with one lap remaining. Lewis Hamilton fans have been furious since the reveal.

The Briton had taken a self-imposed hiatus from social media the day after the controversial end of the 2021 campaign. Hamilton ended that spell away from the public eye on February 5, saying he was ‘back’.

Lewis Hamilton’s silence ensured his ‘opinion is noticed’ according to Jeroen Bleekemolen

According to Dutch racing driver Jeroen Bleekemolen, Lewis Hamilton’s decision to let his silence speak for him played a central role in raising awareness of his opinion.

Bleekemolen is an active Le Mans driver who has also enjoyed success in the FIA ​​GT Championship in the past.

The Dutchman was in conversation with NOS in the Netherlands when asked about the seven-time world champion.

Bleekmolen said:

“Hamilton is trying to increase the pressure on the motorsport federation FIA and is powerful. I think he wants to get some people out, like race director Michael Masi. Lewis wants to turn everything upside down. He can do that. He has a lot of influence as the greatest of all.Some people will disappear.

Masi’s fate as race director hangs in the balance as the world waits for the FIA ​​to conclude its ongoing internal investigation. Reports say he could be a proverbial ‘sacrificial lamb’ at the slaughterhouse when the results of the aforementioned investigation come to light.

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