Lewis Hamilton feud with Max Verstappen continues as star’s main sponsor make ‘correction’

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LEWIS HAMILTON misplaced out on the 2021 world drivers’ championship to rival Max Verstappen.

Lewis Hamilton feud with Max Verstappen continues as star's main sponsor make 'correction'

Lewis Hamilton has been topped the 2021 champion by a sponsor (Picture: GETTY / INSTAGRAM)

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Lewis Hamilton is a document eight-time Method One world champion – in line with a Puma retailer advert within the Czech Republic. The Mercedes ace was cruelly denied the world title final season in his tense battle with fierce rival Max Verstappen. 

The duo had been extremely degree on factors heading into the ultimate race in Abu Dhabi after a superb battle. Hamilton led for many of the occasion till a security automotive was deployed as a consequence of a crash involving Nicholas Latifi. 

In a dramatic flip of occasions, race director Michael Masi allowed 5 lapped vehicles between Hamilton and Verstappen to unlap earlier than the ultimate lap was restarted. Verstappen, on softer tyres, whizzed round Hamilton to win his first-ever world championship. 

It was apt that such a beautiful contest between two drivers would come all the way down to the ultimate lap of the season – however the best way during which it occurred was mightily controversial. Mercedes had two protests thrown out earlier than threatening to go to court docket over Masi’s resolution, claiming the Australian misinterpreted FIA guidelines. 

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Lewis Hamilton feud with Max Verstappen continues as star's main sponsor make 'correction'

Max Verstappen was topped world champion in 2021 (Picture: GETTY)

Many consider that Hamilton ought to have been topped champion for a document eighth time, surpassing Michael Schumacher. And it seems that the 37-year-old’s sponsors, Puma, agree. 

A retailer in Czech Republic shows a poster selling Mercedes merchandise. The strapline reads: “Lewis Hamilton – 8-times FIA Method One Drivers’ Champion”.

In fact, Hamilton solely has seven world championships after shedding out to Verstappen. It’s unclear if the poster is merely a typo, or if Puma are nonetheless actually sad about final yr’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. 

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It appears unlikely that the Brit will win again his title this yr, both, given his struggles within the Mercedes W13 automotive. He has been affected by bouncing throughout nearly all of races this season and has completed on the rostrum solely as soon as. 

Hamilton trails Verstappen by 75 factors however has mentioned that he can not take into consideration subsequent season till this yr’s issues have been fastened. He mentioned final week: “I’ve actually not considered that (subsequent yr’s automotive design). I feel we’ve obtained to determine what’s fallacious with this automotive earlier than we will make one other automotive. If we simply began making one other automotive we may simply get it fallacious.

“So I feel it’s about getting on prime of this one absolutely, which we nonetheless haven’t obtained on prime of after which give us a tenet of the place [to go].”

However he added on the long run design: “there’s undoubtedly a great deal of issues that I might not need from this automotive onto subsequent yr’s automotive, so I’ve already put these in.”

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