Naga Munchetty reacts as Lewis Hamilton suffers blow after Max Verstappen win

Naga Munchetty reacts as Lewis Hamilton suffers blow after Max Verstappen win

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BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty has addressed Max Verstappen’s controversial win in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix against Lewis Hamilton yesterday. During the nail-biting final lap, Max, 24, passed his Mercedes rival, 36, after a last-gasp safety car period, which has since sparked concern among Formula One fans.

The Dutchman, who was on fresher tyres than Lewis, overtook his Mercedes rival on Turn 5 to claim the victory which earned him the Drivers’ Championship.

The F1 star skipped the mandatory post-race press conference as Mercedes protested two decisions to the FIA.

Naga, 46, has since taken to Twitter and reacted to the news after it was confirmed that the request has been denied.

In view of her 263,000 followers, the BBC host retweeted an article that read: “IT’S OFFICIAL!

“The stewards have ruled in favour of Max Verstappen after two protests by Mercedes. Verstappen is WORLD CHAMPION!”

Naga offered a cryptic response, saying: “Well, well, well.”

She was soon inundated with messages, as some F1 sports fans admittedly took issue with the final decision.

Anthony Roscoe Smith penned: “I’m struggling to understand the notion that at the race director’s discretion the rules can be overridden. If so then what’s the purpose of the rule?”

Tim Worrell commented: “New rule for next season maybe. No tyre change allowed when safety car is deployed. Ok for virtual but not actual. Both would have been on same set of tyres and a more even race to the flag.”

Ash Bourne Hammer remarked: “So the stewards that messed up get to decide if they messed up and found that they haven’t messed up. Well, I am surprised.”

Steve Holley added: “What a disgrace! So proud of the way @LewisHamilton conducted himself! A true champion.”

It comes as Max was crowned F1 champion in one of the most controversial ends to a sporting event.

Mercedes chiefs fought a four-and-a-half hour battle to have the decision overturned before it was finally rejected late on Sunday night.

After Mercedes’ protest was rejected Max said: “I am very relieved. It’s been a very stressful day.”

Speaking after the events in Abu Dhabi, the Stevenage-born driver paid tribute to Max – saying he’d done an “amazing job”.

“A big congratulations to Max and to his team,” said Lewis.

“We did an amazing job this year. It’s been the most difficult of seasons, we gave it everything, this last part of the season, we never gave up and that’s the most important thing.”

In an earlier tweet, Naga showed her support for Lewis after he lost out on claiming F1 victory.

She tweeted: “Oh. #AbuDabhiGP. Still think @LewisHamilton is fabulous. Well fought.”

Naga shared another post where she had been rooting for Lewis to secure the win.

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