F1’s title fight as it happens

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton will battle for the F1 title this weekend.

They are even on points so the stakes are clear. The driver who finishes first wins, unless Hamilton finishes 9th and Verstappen finishes 10th with bonus points for fastest lap.

Verstappen will win any head-to-head wins due to more wins than Hamilton this year.

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Max, Lewis face demerit points if collision decides title – FIA race director Michael Masi has reminded both championship contenders that race managers have the right to deduct points or impose a race ban on any incidents they feel are ” unsportsmanlike”.

Verstappen thinks less about Hamilton – Speaking on a Zoom call on Thursday, Verstappen said this year’s events have made him think less of seven-time champion Hamilton and his Mercedes.

F1 showdown like Squid Game – Christian Horner likened this weekend’s title decider to a bloody fight to the death on the hit Netflix show.

Alonso: Verstappen has been a superior driver – In what may not be a surprise, two-time champion Fernando Alonso said he is backing Verstappen over Hamilton this weekend.

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half past eleven: After Sunday’s madness at the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix, this tournament is pretty low compared to…so far. Hamilton and Verstappen sat next to each other during a press conference on Thursday but no key footage was shot – the two did not pose for a handshake despite photographers present.

Wolff and Horner shook hands twice during their press conference the next day, but the occasion was a far cry from their heated meeting before the Qatar Grand Prix.

The paddock in Abu Dhabi was like the center of the storm during the opening two days of the event. As the front and back pages are creating excitement around the world, the two men at its center are as calm as you’d like. Verstappen did not appear to be irritated by the questions posed to him on Thursday, as he has faced controversial topics (mainly related to his driving style) in the past. past.

Red Bull is pretty calm on the surface, but you can tell from speaking to anyone wearing a Red Bull shirt in the paddock this weekend, there are real tensions beneath the surface. Mercedes is no stranger to title duels, but unlike in 2014 and 2016 when the battle was fought between its two drivers, this one was against a rival team, giving the process an added edge. litigation that the company has never experienced.

There is a feeling that neither driver nor team want tensions to escalate further this weekend. That’s refreshing because the feeling around this championship battle has gotten pretty bad over the past few weeks. I can’t see it for long. Things should start tonight as soon as we’re eligible under the lights. Nate Saunders

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Huynh Nguyen

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