'GOATSTAPPEN': Sports world explodes as Verstappen snatches title from Hamilton

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands celebrates after becoming F1 drivers world champion after winning the Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on Sunday. (AP)

As if the final race of the Formula One season couldn't get any more dramatic, the duel between bitter rivals Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton came down to a controversial final lap — with the Red Bull driver as the victor.

Both drivers entered the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix tied at 369 points to set up an epic winner-take-all finale.

Hamilton took the lead out of the gates, and looked as though he'd cruise to a record-breaking eighth world championship with under 10 laps to go, before Canadian and Williams driver Nicolas Latifi altered history.

Latifi crashed, bringing out a safety car and giving Verstappen one last chance to beat Hamilton after race director Michael Masi ruled the drivers could overtake the safety car on the final lap to duke it out.

The result: Verstappen earns his first instead of Hamilton winning an eighth.

Here are some of the best reactions from across the sports world:

For many, the real hero was Latifi.

The finish truly had no shortage of controversy, with Mercedes conducting multiple protests.

More reaction:

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