Lewis Hamilton vs Max Verstappen: Massive controversy on opening lap after Abu Dhabi clash

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Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton arrived in Abu Dhabi for the Formula 1 finale level on points.

In one of the most intense seasons we have ever seen, it was apt that the two great rivals went into the race neck and neck.

An epic performance in qualifying saw Verstappen pip Hamilton to pole after Red Bull pulled off a blinder with the help of Sergio Perez.

However, with qualifying in the rearview mirrors, all eyes turned to the most crucial race start of the decade.

It was Hamilton who would show his experience as he tore off the line to leapfrog Verstappen and take the lead into the first corner.

It was the perfect start for Hamilton but Max was not about to let him get away with it.

Only a few corners later, the Red Bull driver lunged down the inside and seemingly took the place as Hamilton veered off track.

Having skipped the corner altogether, it was expected that Hamilton would have to give the place back but, after a short review, the stewards decided not to act.

The decision was met with a stunned rage from the Red Bull pit wall while the likes of Martin Brundle on Sky commentary was baffled by the decision.

The stewards claimed that Hamilton had given the advantage back but that simply didn’t seem to be the case.

In a race as important as this one, the last thing we wanted was controversy but here we are.

Unsurprisingly, Christian Horner was absolutely enraged.

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