LEWIS HAMILTON could be sensationally handed LAST year’s world title after rival Max Verstappen’s Red Bull team were engulfed in a cheat storm.

Red Bull, who were hoping to celebrate Verstappen’s second title win at the Singapore Grand Prix – where he finished seventh – have been accused of breaking F1’s cost-cap rules.

Lewis Hamilton could be given last year
Lewis Hamilton could be given last year’s world title after all to make up for his Abu Dhabi heartbreakCredit: AP

Verstappen and his Red Bull team
Verstappen and his Red Bull team are caught up in a cheat stormCredit: AFP

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff claimed it would be a “massively heavyweight” issue if Red Bull broke last year’s budget, which was set at £114million.

If they are found guilty, potential penalties include points deductions or even “exclusion from the championship”.

That could see Verstappen stripped of the title he won last year in Abu Dhabi and Hamilton installed as winner for a record eighth time.

Wolff, Hamilton’s boss at Mercedes, was asked if it was serious or just usual F1 politics.

He replied: “That’s heavyweight, that’s massively heavyweight. It was a huge, mammoth project to make the cap.

“I don’t know how many tens of millions we had to restructure processes to be below the cap.

“We are using used parts, we are not running what we would want to run, and we are not developing what we could be developing.

“We have made more than 40 people redundant.”

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