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MAX VERSTAPPEN clinched his first Drivers' Championship title at Lewis Hamilton's expense earlier this month.Verstappen reaped the rewards of FIA race director Michael Masi's decision to allow the five lapped cars between the two leaders to unlap themselves under the safety car late on.
Alex Albon has revealed he believes Max Verstappen's nail-biting title victory over Lewis Hamilton was 'karma' that Red Bull 'deserved'. Verstappen collected his maiden Formula One championship in dramatic fashion, as he took advantage of a controversial call from Michael Masi to pip Hamilton on the very last lap of the season.
Following the result, Hamilton and his Mercedes team were left devastated and submitted two appeals to the stewards due to their disagreement with Masi's decision to allow only five lapped cars to overtake a safety car, which allowed Verstappen to get almost neck-and-neck with his title rival.
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LEWIS HAMILTON may face several fresh threats to the 2022 Formula One Drivers' Championship, as well as the rivalry he'll renew with Max Verstappen.Getting the obvious out of the way, Red Bull's defending champion Verstappen will surely be the biggest contender for the 2022 driver's title not named Lewis Hamilton.
Despite their disgruntled questions the Mercedes appeals were rejected by the FIA, ensuring the Red Bull racer was able to keep hold of his first-ever world title.
In spite of the controversy former Red Bull man Albon believes the victory was deserved 'karma' for his ex-teammate and colleagues.
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Albon told Motorsport.nl.: "I understand both sides of the story, but I have to say I'm a bit of a believer [in karma].
"I feel many decisions or moments this year have gone against Max.
"Just look at Silverstone, Hungary, Jeddah, and even the first lap in Abu Dhabi. So yes, we were incredibly lucky at the last minute but, at the same time, I think we earned that luck.
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MAX VERSTAPPEN will be looking to defend his Drivers' Championship title from Lewis Hamilton next year.Verstappen reaped the rewards of a late safety car period which allowed him to close up to his Mercedes rival ahead of the last-lap shootout that followed at the Yas Marina Circuit.
"Nothing against Lewis and Mercedes but, in a way, we got the karma we deserved as a team that Sunday.
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"That's how most things balance out over a season."
Albon spent the 2021 campaign as a reserve driver for Red Bull behind world champ Verstappen and Sergio Perez.
Despite only often being seen behind the scenes, the 25-year-old is pleased to have played some part in the Dutchman's historic title win. © GETTY Alex Albon
He added: "This title feels great, also for me. The guys have worked so incredibly hard, not just me, but everyone in the factory.
"And yes, it just feels great to be rewarded for that. Even though I only contributed 0.1 percent to the end result, it wasn't in vain and this success gives me great satisfaction."
For the upcoming 2022 season Albon has decided to leave his reserve spot, and instead take up a seat with Williams in replacement of Englishman George Russell who has departed for Mercedes.
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