Sport: Max Verstappen beating Lewis Hamilton labelled 'karma' that Red Bull 'deserved'

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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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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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Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen © GETTY Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen

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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"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.

Alex Albon © 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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