Alexander Albon left heartbroken as Lewis Hamilton denies first-ever podium finish

F1 Grand Prix of Brazil

Following the seemingly premature conclusion of the Formula 1 season, with Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes both claiming their respective titles, the Brazilian Grand Prix certainly threw a spanner in the works. 

Red Bull's Max Verstappen claimed his third Grand Prix victory of the season, whilst former Red Bull driver Pierre Gasly occupied second.

Carlos Sainz completed the top three and ended McLaren's five-year wait to reach the podium. 

However, Verstappen's teammate will certainly feel hard-done-by as his collision with Lewis Hamilton robbed Alexander Albon the chance of challenging for the podium.

The 23-year-old is yet to step foot on the illustrious podium within his career and the young driver will certainly feel that the six-time champion denied him of his opportunity. 

Following the conclusion of the race, Albon was visibly angered by Hamilton's action.

Speaking to the team radio, the Red Bull support driver said: "All he had to do was f****** wait three more corners." 

Despite the young driver being obviously devastated, the 23-year-old still managed to find the time to congratulate the race-winner and teammate Verstappen, whilst also recognising Gasly's success. 

Team principal Christian Horner spoke about Albon following the race and shared his disappointments.

“He looked really comfortable racing against world champions and it was a huge shame for him to lose that podium on the penultimate lap.”

Following the race, Hamilton was quick to apologise to Albon, in person and in the media, with the reigning world champion holding his hands up and taking sole blame for the incident. However, Horner highlighted that this still isn't beneficial to Albon regardless.

"Lewis has obviously put his hand up and apologised but unfortunately it doesn’t get Alex’s podium back, but he can leave here with his head held high."

Horner later added: "He didn’t get the trophy but he’s impressed the whole team with his performance and again, it’s an encouraging signal for next year.”

With the Drivers' and Constructors' Championships settled, drivers, CEO's and fans will be turning their attention to next season, with one driver hoping to knock Lewis Hamilton off the throne of F1.

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