Both after 21 rounds of the world championship scored 369.5 points. However, Verstappen is in the lead, with more victories to his credit this season. The Dutchman has triumphed nine times this year, as the Briton has one less victory.
The situation in F1, where the two drivers fighting for the title have the same number of points before the last race of the season, is the first time since … 1974.
Back then, before the season’s final start in the US GP on October 6, 1974, Swiss Clay Regazzoni, Ferrari driver and Brazilian Emerson Fittipaldi for McLaren had 52 points each. The race in the USA was won by the Argentine Carlos Alberto Reutemann from the Brabham-Ford team, while Fittipaldi won the fourth place and he became the world champion.
Regazzoni drove worse, had problems with the car, finished 11th in the race and ultimately finished second in the world championship. In those years, the result classification in F1 was different than today, with only six top drivers scoring points: 9-6-4-3-2-1.
Until now, never in the history of the F1 world racing championship has a competition ended in a draw. This will also be the case next Sunday. The world champion will be the one of the two Hamilton – Verstappen, who will be faster. If none of them reached the finish line, Verstappen would win the title for the first time in his career, if Hamilton wins, he will be the world champion for the eighth time.
The race at Yas Marina promises to be very exciting, but many observers also have considerable concerns that the competition between the two contenders for the title will not be too fierce.
These are the concerns of the head of the Mercedes team, Toto Wolff. – There have been a few incidents recently, even at slower speeds. We would not like to see it in Abu Dhabi. I believe that the final result should not be influenced by any, even a random collision. The championship should be won by the faster driver in the faster car, not the one to take his opponent off the track, said Wolff.
Red Bull Racing boss Christan Horner also announces that his team wants to win in a fair fight.
– We want to win on the track, not in the referee’s room or in the gravel trap. There have been some fantastic races and duels between these two drivers and I hope that we will have a clean and fair competition in Abu Dhabi as well, declares Horner.
When asked if the RBR team had any concerns that Hamilton, who won the last three races, is currently in a better shape than their rider, Horner said briefly that “we have absolutely no problem with that, our team is dealing with these situations.” he explained.
The drivers themselves, who are known to appreciate the class of their rival, but are not on a friendly terms, approach the start in Abu Dhabi calmly. This time they both do not evaluate their chances, do not declare that their goal is the highest place on the podium.
The race in Abu Dhabi will take place on December 12. A year ago, Verstappen was the fastest there. The Dutchman won there only once, while Hamilton triumphed five times (in 2011, 2014, 2016, 2018-19).
Start on Sunday at 14 Polish time.
The Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi, designed by the German Hermann Tilke, is connected to a modern port where elegant yachts belonging to the richest people in the world are anchored. The luxurious Yas Hotel is built next door, where the contestants always live.
The race in the United Arab Emirates will be held for the thirteenth time. Hamilton has five wins (2011, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2019), Germany’s Sebastian Vettel (2009, 2010, 2013) won three times, and Finn Kimi Raikkonen (2012) and Germany Nico Rosberg (2015), Fin Valtteri Bottas (2017) and Verstappen (2020).
In Abu Dhabi, drivers drive counterclockwise. The start takes place before sunset, and the finish is planned after dark, with artificial light.
The track is 5,554 km long. The investment, completed in 2009, cost approximately $ 1 billion.
F1 World Cup Classification (21 out of 22 races each):
1. Max Verstappen (Netherlands / Red Bull) 369.5 points
2. Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain / Mercedes) 369.5
3. Valtteri Bottas (Finland / Mercedes) 218
4. Sergio Perez (Mexico / Red Bull) 190
5. Charles Leclerc (Monaco / Ferrari) 158
6. Lando Norris (UK / McLaren) 154
7. Carlos Sainz (Spain / Ferrari) 149.5
8. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia / McLaren) 115
9. Pierre Gasly (France / AlphaTauri) 100
10. Fernando Alonso (Spain / Alpine) 77
11. Esteban Ocon (France / Alpine) 72
12. Sebastian Vettel (Germany / Aston Martin) 43
13. Lance Stroll (Canada / Aston Martin) 34
14. Yuki Tsunoda (Japan / AlphaTauri) 20
15. George Russell (Great Britain / Williams) 16
16. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland / Alfa Romeo) 10
17. Nicholas Latifi (Canada / Williams) 7
18. Antonio Giovinazzi (Italy / Alfa Romeo) 3
1. Mercedes 587.5 points
2. Red Bull 559.5
3. Ferrari 307.5
4. McLaren 269
5. Alpine 149
6. AlphaTauri 120
7. Aston Martin 77
8. Williams 23
9. Alfa Romeo 13