Dan Walker wades in on Verstappen controversy and takes aim at F1’s rule-makers

Dan Walker has given his take on the Formula One controversy that has surrounded the sport over the past 24 hours.

Max Verstappen was crowned F1 champion after passing Lewis Hamilton on the last lap in a gripping finale.

With both drivers tied on points going into the final race, the Brit was 11 seconds with five laps to go.

But a late crash to Nicholas Latifi saw the safety car come out while Verstappen pitted to change his tyres.

Race director Michael Masi allowed the two to bunch up, making them neck and neck and effectively ending Hamilton’s earlier advantage.

With his new tyres, Verstappen overtook the seven-time champion to claim first place and the title.

It has caused major controversy with Mercedes looking to protest the result.

Silver Arrows boss Toto Wolff was visibly frustrated while Hamilton was magnanimous in defeat, praising his opponent after the race.

Among those who were left bamboozled by the result was former Football Focus and recent Strictly Come Dancing contestant Dan Walker.

He tweeted: “Sport is naturally entertaining and if you start fiddling and try to create ‘entertainment’… everyone sees through it.

“People get angry, complain and then appeal. The enormous ‘created’ mess then gets even messier. All the best sorting this one out.”

The television presenter was not the only left shocked with Piers Morgan and Gary Lineker also adding in.

Morgan said: "I don't know what I've just watched but it can't be right. Hamilton's been robbed, surely?"

While Lineker added: "What a joke. That stinks."

But one of the most angry responses came from Mercedes’ new star George Russell, who lashed out at the decision from Masi.

He said: "THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE!!!! Max is an absolutely fantastic driver who has had an incredible season and I have nothing but huge respect for him, but what just happened is absolutely unacceptable.

"I cannot believe what we’ve just seen."

Despite his disappointment, Hamilton reacted differently to those online and congratulated his rival.

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He said: "Firstly, congratulations to Max and to his team," Hamilton said moments after losing out.

"I think we did an amazing job this year. My team, everyone back at the factory, have worked so hard this whole year, it's been the most difficult of seasons. I'm so proud of them and I'm so grateful to be a part of the journey with them.

"This last part of the season we gave it absolutely everything and never gave up."

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