Lewis Hamilton told he was lucky in F1 title race despite Abu Dhabi defeat

Lewis Hamilton has been told he was "lucky" during the F1 season despite controversially losing out on the title at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Hamilton and Max Verstappen went into the race at the Yas Marina Cicuit level on points, and it was the British driver who seemed set to win an eighth world crown when he led his rival by 11 seconds in the closing stages.

However, then Williams driver Nicholas Latifi careered off the track to spark a dramatic sequence of events, which saw race director Michael Masi alter his original safety car instructions to drivers, inadvertently gifting Verstappen the chance to pass Hamilton on that now infamous final lap.

Mercedes duly launched two separate appeals into the incident, both of which were subsequently dismissed, and then immediately served notice of intent to appeal before deciding against that avenue four days later.

However, debate has continued to rage with Hamilton's continued silence over what transpired prompting rumours he may even retire from the sport.

However, Abu Dhabi wasn't the only Grand Prix with a disputed incident, and now Honda F1 CEO Masashi Yamamoto has pointed to the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix as an example of Hamilton apparently getting off lightly.

On that day, the 36-year-old slid into the gravel while running second and hit the barrier, but managed to reverse and continue, and a later red flag then allowed him time to repair his car and recover.

“Lewis made a mistake, went off the track and lost a lot of time," said Yanamoto.

“However, the red flag allowed his car to be repaired and he was able to make up the lost lap time. Lewis has been lucky a few times this season and this was one of them.”

Yanamoto is perhaps likely to take such a view, with Honda having supplied Red Bull with engines for the past three seasons, and the Japanese company will now sign off from F1 in style following Verstappen's title win.

Christian Horner's team will now manage their power units via their own in-house operation, while Honda's primary focus will turn to managing its resources on carbon neutral technologies.

The Japanese company has won six constructors' titles, six drivers' championships and over 80 Grands Prix, and are the only Asian team to have won a title in F1.

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