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Lewis Hamilton says Italian GP ending 'brought memories back' of Abu Dhabi controversy

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Lewis Hamilton said that the safety car rules were correctly applied at the end of the Italian GP - and that there has only been one time in history where they haven't.

The seven-time F1 World Drivers' Champion famously missed out on a record-breaking eighth triumph last season following a controversial end to the Abu Dhabi GP which led to the sacking of race director Michael Masi.

Max Verstappen went on to win his first title with Red Bull and is cruising to another in 2022 - which was aided by a safety car finish after all drivers but Hamilton pitted for fresh tyres and officials ran out of time to resume. READ MORE: Fans baffled as Lando Norris 'talks with Dutch accent' during Netherlands TV interview While overtaking is usually forbidden during a safety car procedure, the 2021 GP in Abu Dhabi allowed five drivers to unlap themselves giving Verstappen a clear path to overtake Hamilton in the final race of the season."It always brings memories back, that is the rule that it should be, right," Hamilton told Sky Sports F1 on Sunday (September 11)."So only one time, in the history of the sport, that they haven’t done the rule." Was Lewis Hamilton robbed of an eighth championship last year?

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