Why Barcelona are being (lightheartedly) blamed for Lewis Hamilton losing Formula 1 world title to Max Verstappen
Spanish giants FC Barcelona have become the butt of the joke on social media this afternoon, on the back of the conclusion of the Formula 1 season.
Verstappen on top
For those not aware, the final race of one of the most competitive F1 campaigns in recent history came to a close a short time ago.
Locked on points at the Drivers’ Championship summit amid an increasingly tense battle for supremacy, Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton went head-to-head for the last time in 2021, at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
A predictably drama-filled affair, in turn, played out over the course of the last couple of hours, ultimately coming down to the race’s final lap.
And, when all was said and done, it was Red Bull’s Verstappen who, remarkably, pulled it out of the bag, pipping Hamilton to the chequered flag amid massively controversial circumstances.
The Dutchman, as a result, has been crowned the 2021 Formula 1 world champion:
MAX VERSTAPPEN. WORLD CHAMPION!!!
A stunning season by an extraordinary talent#HistoryMade #F1 @Max33Verstappen pic.twitter.com/FxT9W69xJe
— Formula 1 (@F1) December 12, 2021
For Lewis Hamiton and Mercedes, on the other hand, it’s now back to the drawing board, ahead of a 2022 Formula 1 season primed to draw in a whole new generation of fans.
As alluded to above, though, if the reaction across social media post-race is anything to go by, then, evidently, some feel as though the odds were very much stacked against the 7-time world champion before the action had even gotten underway this afternoon.
The reason? His prior support of Spanish giants FC Barcelona.
Last year, Hamilton was famously spotted donning the colours of the Blaugrana, before backing the faltering Catalan club ahead of an El Clasico showdown with Real Madrid.
In turn, with Barca, of course, in the midst of one of the most difficult stretches in the club’s recent history, many have been keen to lightheartedly suggest that Hamilton’s support proved enough of a bad omen to see him miss out on the world championship at the last:
No wonder he lost 😂 pic.twitter.com/vNZ2HUnOPm
— GOAL India (@GOAL_INDIA_) December 12, 2021
No wonder he bottled pic.twitter.com/2AZkB0oEkR
— Troll Football (@TrollFootball) December 12, 2021
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