The Tottenham legend, 61, made the football analogy on Twitter after Hamilton misplaced to Verstappen in heart-breaking style in Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on the Yas Marinas Circuit.
Hamilton had been main for many of the race earlier than Nicholas Latifi‘s crash handed the benefit over to Verstappen, who made essentially the most of his more energizing tyres to sail off into the sundown.
Like many people, Lineker might scarcely imagine what he had simply witnessed earlier than taking a second to share his ideas on social media.
He tweeted: “Think about Man Metropolis and Liverpool going toe to toe for the title.
“On the final day of the season they meet & Metropolis are 3 up with simply minutes to go.
“The referee decides it will be extra thrilling to have a penalty shootout.
“What’s extra the Metropolis gamers should be barefooted. That’s @F1.”
His tweet has since gone viral, amassing greater than 68,000 likes and hundreds of feedback with loads of F1 followers additionally seemingly left perplexed by the choice.
Not everyone was in settlement nonetheless as ‘Drive to Survive’ star Will Buxton advised it’s ‘very troublesome to check sports activities’.
He wrote in reply: “Very troublesome to check sports activities Gary, particularly as F1 has such a posh rule guide.
“Security automobiles nullifying the sphere isn’t new. The circumstances have been unusual.
“However I’d say it’s extra like Smith Rowe’s purpose when De Gea was down just lately, deciding the FA Cup within the 94th minute.”
The 48-year-old informed Sky Sports activities: “We have been screaming on the finish to allow them to race. An ideal technique name to make that pit cease and take softs after which it was all the way down to Max to make it occur.
“It’s unprecedented to go away the automobiles unlapped. They needed to get the race going once more. They completely made the fitting name.
“I’m so pleased with Max and of the staff for what we have now been by means of this yr.
“You simply knew Max was not going to present it up. He had come thus far this yr after which to see him shut it out, grow to be world champion – a tremendous feeling.
“The final ten laps I used to be considering what is going to I say to Max and the fellows to choose them up after which a stroke of luck with the security automotive.”