The 2021 Formula 1 season was undoubtedly the most competitive and dramatic in recent years with the final race on Sunday’s season conclusion being equally as dramatic. In the winner-take-all battle, the race was decided by a controversial restart decision that ultimately cost Lewis Hamilton his record-breaking eighth world title. Despite a valiant effort put forth by seven-time and reigning Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes-AMG F1 W12 E Performance Silver Arrow on Sunday afternoon at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Max Verstappen won the 2021 F1 World Championship. Verstappen overtook rival Lewis Hamilton on the final white flag lap to win the controversial Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and with the triumph, the 2021 world title. Verstappen's title ended a streak of four straight championships for Great Britain’s Hamilton. Verstappen appeared to have lost out to Hamilton during the late stages of the Grand Prix until a crash by Nicholas Latifi triggered a Safety Car to enter the circuit on Lap 52 of 58. Then with a controversial restart on the final lap of the race, and Verstappen caught and passed the F1 W12 Mercedes of Hamilton, who was struggling on worn-out tires with dramatically lessened grip, to snatch the lead, the race victory, and the world title. “Firstly, a big congratulations to Max and to his team,” said Hamilton a few minutes after getting out of his race car. “I think we did an amazing job this year. My team and everyone back at the factory … worked so hard this whole year. It’s been the most difficult of seasons. I’m so proud of them. We gave it everything. This last part of the season we gave it absolutely everything. We never gave up, and that’s the most important thing.”
The World Cup season is officially open! Yuto Totsuka takes third place in Men’s Snowboard Halfpipe at the 2021 Toyota U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain on Saturday. Battling a field of the world’s top freestyle snowboarders, the 20-year-old from Yokohama, Japan, earned a podium spot in a heated final session.
He can’t be stopped! Sean "Suga" O'Malley defeats Raulian Paiva at UFC 269 in Las Vegas on Saturday night. In the Main Card fight in the bantamweight division, the 27-year-old from Helena, Montana finished his opponent with a spectacular first-round knockout that earned the UFC’s $50,000 ‘Performance of the Night’ bonus.
Earlier on the Prelims card, Dominick "Dominator" Cruz went the distance against Pedro Munhoz for a unanimous decision victory in a bantamweight division bout that won the UFC’s ‘Fight of the Night’ Bonus. Cruz now commands a two-fight win streak after his split decision victory over Casey Kenney at UFC 259 in March.