We at Paddy Power hate sporting injustices – so we’ve done our bit after a controversial end to the F1 season in Abu Dhabi.
Max Verstappen needed a miracle to win, and one duly arrived in the form of a dodgy decision from the race organisers who appeared to rip up the rulebook and go rogue for the final lap of the race.
A safety car was sent out with six laps left, and that allowed Verstappen to bolt on a new set of tyres, and close a 10-second gap to Hamilton.
But things got really spicy when the stewards decided to let cars the Dutchman had already lapped out of the way, leaving him to breeze past the seven-time champion who hadn’t been able to dive into the pits for a freshen up, and take the championship on the final lap of the season.
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Cue bedlam with Red Bull going wild celebrating, and Mercedes speechless and livid with the decision to allow some – but not all – of the lapped cars to get out of the way and gift Verstappen the win against a prone Hamilton.
They lodged an appeal against the result, but that was dismissed (albeit hours after the race). They’ve launched another appeal against that failed appeal too, because, well, why the hell not?
But none of that matters for Paddy Power punters, because we have decided to pay out on both Max Verstappen AND Lewis Hamilton to win the World Drivers Championship.
And for good measure we’ve paid out on both Verstappen and Hamilton to win the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix too.
We are paying out on:
– Both Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton to win the Abu Dhabi GP
– Both Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton to win the F1 Drivers Championship!
Singles only, cash payout. T&Cs apply. pic.twitter.com/XUnHVR4Yc3
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) December 12, 2021
That’s just how we roll folks, consider justice served.
* Outright betting, win and each way bets, singles, no max bets apply. T&C’s apply
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