Hamilton could finish ahead of Verstappen in Abu Dhabi – and still lose F1 title
Lewis Hamilton secured a crucial victory over Max Verstappen in the Formula One championship at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on Sunday.
The British driver reduced his seven-point deficit to go equal on points with Verstappen after finishing first at the inaugural race in Jeddah, while the Dutchman finished in second place.
Both drivers are currently level on 369.5 points heading into the final race in Abu Dhabi for the first time since 1974 in the wake of a hugely controversial race.
But while Hamilton will be delighted with the win, he could finish in front of Verstappen next week and still lose out on the title.
That could mathematically happen even if the seven-time world champion finishes ninth (picking up two points) and the Red Bull driver finishes 10th while also recording the fastest lap of the race.
It would be a grim way to miss out on a record-extending eighth championship but ensures that both drivers will race hard until the very end.
Mercedes currently carry the momentum going into the final race of the F1 calendar, with the Englishman having won all three of the previous races.
Hamilton’s desire to win on Sunday culminated in one of the most eventful races in the sport’s history as numerous incidents unfolded involving the drivers.
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The Silver Arrows driver’s advantage at pole position was taken away by a red flag early in the race, which allowed Verstappen to go in front.
He then had to fight back before being able to overtake his rival on lap 43, after Verstappen was forced to hand back his position due to running Hamilton wide at Turn 1.
Verstappen was also handed a 10-second penalty after the race for causing a collision by suddenly slowing down on a straight.
However, the penalty will not impact the points he earned from the race as he finished 16-seconds clear of third-placed Valtteri Bottas.
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