Abu Dhabi (DPA)
Between a possible eighth title for Britain’s Lewis Hamilton and a possible first title for Dutchman Max Verstappen, Formula 1 fans in the world can’t dream of a better conclusion to this exciting season of the world championship “Grand Prix”.
The two drivers share the overall lead in the championship before the final race on Sunday in Abu Dhabi, so that the crowning of either of them with the championship title this season is now limited to what each of them will offer in the race.
The conflict between Verstappen, the driver of the Red Bull team, and Hamilton, the Mercedes driver, has flared up enough this season, especially in the Saudi race that took place last Sunday, as well as in the Italian race in the middle of the current season.
The opportunity appears for a new clash between them and a possible, if not likely, collision on the Abu Dhabi track the day after tomorrow, given that it is the decisive race for the championship title with the two points equal in the overall standings of the championship, and that Verstappen excelled in name thanks to his victory in one race more than Hamilton’s victories.
In theory, Verstappen could crash seven-times champion Hamilton’s car to knock him out of the race, knowing that this could suffice him to be crowned Formula One world champion this season.
Verstappen was penalized twice in the Saudi race for incidents with Hamilton.
Verstappen’s father, former Formula One driver Gus, told the Daily Mail that his son “will do everything to win, for sure”, but expressed his belief that his son would not go so far as to resort to a collision with Hamilton.
And Hamilton cannot be blamed if his thinking is to the contrary, as he confirmed that Verstappen, 24, “overstepped the limits” during the Saudi race, despite this, Hamilton (36 years) still maintained his composure.
“I’m not afraid of anything that might not happen,” Hamilton told German newspaper Sport Bild.
The two drivers never stopped exchanging blunt insults throughout the season, and Verstappen couldn’t even wait on the podium in Saudi Arabia, where Hamilton celebrated his third win in a row.
Tension also prevailed in the press conference after the Saudi race, where they exchanged accusations.
Valtteri Bottas will run his last race with Mercedes tomorrow, before moving to Alfa Romeo.
Hamilton described his Finnish colleague Bottas as the best fellow ever.
Bottas can contribute to the championship title if he helps to eliminate Verstappen on the one hand, especially as this will lead to Mercedes winning the championship at the team level.
Mercedes leads the team standings with a 28-point lead over Red Bull.
It has been a long time since Red Bull’s last title in the championship, in 2013 when the former German team driver Sebastian Vettel won his last four titles with the team before Mercedes imposed his dominance in the championship since 2014, knowing that the only title that has escaped Hamilton in the past seven years It was awarded to teammate Nico Rosberg in 2016.
Now, Formula 1 fans all over the world are waiting for the title of the current season through the Abu Dhabi race on Sunday, which may witness Hamilton crowning his eighth world title and the sole record number of title wins, which he currently shares with German legend Michael Schumacher with seven titles. For both of them.
Sunday’s race could see Verstappen crown his first world title in Formula One – and the announcement of the birth of a new superstar and Formula One champion.
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