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Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen’s incredible 2021 rivalry will reach its unpredictable climax this weekend. Sunday’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will either mark Verstappen’s inaugural world title or see Hamilton finish atop the drivers’ standings for a record eighth time.
The 2021 Formula 1 season has been one of the most exhilarating in history, mainly lending to the topsy-turvy title battle that has gone down to the wire.
After his Mexican Grand Prix triumph last month, Verstappen moved 19 points ahead of Hamilton in the drivers’ standings.
However, the seven-time world champion’s incredible win from 10th on the grid in Brazil cut the lead to 14 points.
Hamilton triumphed again in Qatar to move eight points behind Verstappen before his success in the controversial race in Jeddah drew him level on 369.5 points.
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Like in Saudi Arabia, the Abu Dhabi track will favour the straight-line speed of Mercedes.
Adding to Hamilton’s momentum, that means many will consider the Brit the favourite heading into the final weekend of the campaign.
Red Bull Team Horner has admitted Red Bull need a ‘miracle’ to topple Mercedes in the constructors’ standings, while Lewis Hamilton has form on his side in the drivers’ title fight.
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He said: “To be honest, Abu Dhabi, they’ve changed again, so it’s another variant to the circuit. We’re going to come out of this weekend and go to Abu Dhabi tied in the world championship, leading by virtue of race wins.
“It’s whoever finishes ahead. It’s a straight fight, as it has been all year. Mercedes have won three in a row; Max won two before that.
“Who’s going to come out on top? I have no idea. Obviously, we’ve seen performance in recent races, the form is with Mercedes, but again Max has fought like a lion this weekend. He’s given it everything.
“[In the] constructors’, we’re on the back foot. We need a miracle to win that. We’ve got one more shot to have a go at winning this [drivers’] title with Max.
“We’ll do everything we can. We’ll prepare, we’ll regroup, and the guys are not down. They can be proud of what they’ve achieved and the effort that’s gone in. We’ll see.
“Somebody, either Lewis or Max, will come out on top after next weekend. The drivers’ is where the prestige is. It’s not where the money is, but it’s where the prestige is. That’s the one people remember.
“So to the teams, ironically, the constructors’ fistfully is very important but for prestige it’s about the drivers’ title. That’s the big one.”
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