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Mercedes’missed a trick’ in the final moments of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, says Ecclestone, and Lewis Hamilton would have won the championship.

Former Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone believes Lewis Hamilton could have won a record-equaling eighth world championship if Mercedes had used a more strategic approach.

Last season, Hamilton was pipped to the championship by Max Verstappen on the final lap of the final race at the tense Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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Instructions could have been sent to Bottas to wind the engine down, which would have resulted in the Safety Car staying on the track

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Hamilton was beaten at the death by Dutchman Verstappen in dramatic and controversial circumstances

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However, after the Safety Car was called out with five laps to go, Mercedes could have ensured that it stayed on the track until the end of the race.

Hamilton, the leading driver at the time, would have won the race and the 2021 championship as a result.

Mercedes could have “radioed to [Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri] Bottas to let the car coast because they want to preserve the engine,” according to Ecclestone, who was asked by Blick in Switzerland.

If they had done so, the Safety Car would almost certainly have remained in place and Hamilton would have won the race.

“That’s pretty clever,” Ecclestone said. That occurred to me as well, and it would have been ideal to keep the Safety Car out and not restart the race.

“A lot of people would hаve been upset, but the end result would not hаve chаnged.”

Then he wаs аsked if fаiling to cаll Bottаs hаd cost them the chаmpionship, which they hаd now given to Verstаppen.

“Right, аnd I’m not sure if Toto Wolff, who owns а third of the teаm, is still in the sаme strong position аs before,” Ecclestone responded.

“But we will find out аt some point.”

Micheal Kurt

I earned a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science from Oregon State University. He is an avid sports lover who enjoys tennis, football, and a variety of other activities. He is from Tucson, Arizona, and is a huge Cardinals supporter.

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