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F1 Today | Hamilton opens up on his feelings after Abu Dhabi 2021

F1 Today | Hamilton opens up on his feelings after Abu Dhabi 2021

2 April - 21:00

In some of last week's daily summary articles, I discussed the 'classic off-week news stories'. Add another to the list: the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. It continues to pop up occasionally, and today, it has returned for another round. Lewis Hamilton has rarely publicly discussed the day. Of course, he has made the odd remark, but perhaps nothing as substantial as the interview with GQSports.

"The Day that it hurt the most"

The controversial choices made by race control at the time still feel sour to Hamilton. He feels robbed of his eighth-world title. "Was I robbed? Obviously. I mean, you know the story. But I think what was really beautiful in that moment, was my dad was with me. And we’d gone through this huge roller coaster of life together, ups and downs. And the day that it hurt the most, he was there."

In the same article, he goes on to speak about how his father helped him after the event. He remains proud of how he reacted on the podium and in the media afterwards.

Verstappen and Hamilton started the 2021 Abu Dhabi title decider on equal points. On the last lap of the race in Abu Dhabi, Verstappen was able to overtake Hamilton, partly due to a controversial decision by the race director. This hurt the seven-time world champion a lot. Speaking to GQ, he says it still hurts from time to time. "If I see a clip of it, I still feel it. But I’m at peace with it," he said.

Horner saga continues

All parties - including the woman and also Horner - had to sign a confidentiality agreement. It is unknown whether this was done under duress. The woman is only allowed to discuss the matter with her father and brother, the BBC knows through a close friend of the woman in question.

"It's impossible for people to understand what it's like for her," said the friend, who spoke to BBC Sport on condition of anonymity. "She can't talk and she won't talk. But I can tell you what it is doing to her. Every time I have asked her something, she breaks down in tears and says she's got no-one to talk to because she's not allowed to talk. She is very upset, very angry, very scared, very intimidated, very lonely. And I think it's impossible for people to understand without being in her shoes what it's like for her." See the other updates on this story here.

Reshuffle at McLaren

Only a few days ago, McLaren CEO Zak Brown expressed how important continuity is within an organisation. He cited Red Bull Racing and Ferrari as examples; teams that had worked with the same people in key positions for years. He wanted that to happen at McLaren as well. But that isn't turning into reality yet. David Sanchez, who moved over from Ferrari in January as Technical Director, is already leaving the team. Click here to see McLaren's reaction.

Clarkson's savage dig

Clarkson, who is known to voice savage views, spoke about Sainz's win in his column for The Sun. "Naturally, many people saw this [Sainz's win] as a heroic display of stiff-upper-lip determination and spunk. I wonder, though. We keep being told that these F1 cars are road-going fighter jets. That they are a volcanic orgy of noise and G-forces. And that you need to be superhuman to control one."

“Really? I only ask because Carlos [Sainz], pictured in hospital, was plainly in some discomfort before the race, but he seemed to manage for nearly two hours in the car. Which leads me to believe that walking up to a Formula 1 car is actually harder these days than driving it," Clarkson said.