Guardiola uses Verstappen-Hamilton controversial F1 finale to charge City stars
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Guardiola uses Verstappen-Hamilton controversial F1 finale to charge City stars

Pep Guardiola has become the latest public figure to reference the controversial F1 season ending that gifted Max Verstappen the 2021 title.

Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton went into the last F1 race of the season Abu Dhabi GP tied on points and knowing the winner takes all.

Lewis looked certain for the title having led for the entire race only to be pegged back in the last lap by some F1 rules which allowed Max to claim the title.

Popular American actor Samuel L Jackson, Harry Kane, Piers Morgan and other public figures have called out the F1 for their role and Pep is the latest.

The Spanish manager while talking ahead of his City’s Premier League game against Leeds United told his players to learn from the controversial situation.

Guardiola reminded his players that, even if they do give their all – like Hamilton did – it may ultimately not be enough to land the top prize.

“In this competition, like you saw in Formula One, you can do everything,” said Guardiola.

“Verstappen and Hamilton are incredible champions, but sometimes success doesn’t depend on you. Something decides if there’s a winner and you don’t win.

“The players have to fight like Verstappen has done and Hamilton has done, until the end.

“But sometimes, even with that going perfectly, doing incredibly well, sometimes it’s something you cannot control, that you’re the winner or you’re not the winner.

“This is an example I took from yesterday, that is to always fight. In the end, a law, a VAR or a bad decision – many things can happen – and you don’t win.

“What you have to do is like Raheem has done in the last games or these incredible two athletes from Formula One have done and never give up.

“Never say ‘I’m not going to try’, but sometimes, even doing perfectly, something happens that the athletes cannot control and you don’t win.

“I want more from Raheem, but I want more from Gundogan, I want more from Kevin, I want more even from Bernardo, from Rodri, but all the credit deserves to go to the players.”

City could go four points clear second place Liverpool if they beat Leeds United today.

Tope Adefala

Tope Adefala is an experienced sports writer, editor, and web designer. A former editor at Sportlineng.com. Talks sports with a great bias for Basketball, Tennis, Field Hockey and Football. Presently the media officer of Nigeria Hockey Federation. I have been in the business of Sports communication and marketing for more than 10 years. Not forgetting that I won West African University Games, Nigeria University Games gold medals. You can find me on Twitter @1topham.

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