Abu Dhabi GP: Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton tied on F1 factors and heading into title-deciding Sundown Showdown

Verstappen’s 369.5 factors performs Hamilton’s 369.5 factors with one deciding race to go of an unimaginable season; Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships to each be settled at Abu Dhabi’s season finale this weekend, with Sunday’s race stay at 1pm on Sky Sports activities F1 and Sky Sports activities Predominant Occasion

Final Up to date: 08/12/21 11:23pm


Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton’s wonderful title duel shall be settled in a blockbuster winner-takes-all F1 showdown at this Sunday’s season-ending Abu Dhabi GP.

With Hamilton profitable with the quickest lap in entrance of second-placed Verstappen after a race of excessive drama in Saudi Arabia, the duelling rivals are extremely useless stage on factors after 21 races of a gripping season’s 22 occasions.

That units up Formulation 1’s first last-race decider since 2016, at Abu Dhabi’s revamped Yas Marina floodlit circuit.

The entire weekend’s observe motion on the Sundown Showdown shall be stay on Sky Sports activities F1, with Sunday’s showdown race beginning at 1pm.

Simply the fourth event previously decade that F1’s drivers’ title race has gone all the way down to the wire, a champion shall be topped on the season’s closing occasion for the thirtieth time within the sport’s 72-season historical past.

F1’s final 5 final-race deciders

Yr Chief/Challenger(s) Champion
2016 Rosberg/Hamilton Rosberg
2014 Hamilton/Rosberg Hamilton
2012 Vettel/Alonso Vettel
2010 Alonso/Webber, Vettel, Hamilton Vettel
2008 Hamilton/Massa Hamilton

Extremely, this weekend is simply the second time after the 1974 season that two drivers have gone all the way down to the wire tied on factors.

Tied on 369.5 factors, Verstappen remains to be formally forward of Hamilton courtesy of the game’s countback rule, as he has gained 9 race wins to the Briton’s eight up to now this season.

That implies that on Sunday had been they to attain the identical variety of factors in the one situation the place that’s potential (ninth for one in every of them and tenth with the quickest lap for the opposite) – or each fail to attain in any respect – Verstappen can be world champion on the tiebreak.

The important thing stay Sky F1 occasions for Abu Dhabi

FRIDAY On Air Session begin
Apply One 9am 9.30am
Apply Two 12.45pm 1pm
SATURDAY
Apply Three 9.45am 10am
Qualifying 12pm 1pm
SUNDAY
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 11.30am 1pm

The Constructors’ Championship struggle between Mercedes and Purple Bull additionally stays unsettled (the final time that title went to the ultimate spherical was 2008).

However Mercedes’ one-three end in Jeddah means they’ve one agency hand on a record-extending eighth groups’ title in a row, the Brackley outfit now 28 factors away from Purple Bull with simply 44 left on supply.

What’s on the road for Verstappen & Hamilton?

It has been a season of excessive ability and ever-higher stakes within the battle between Formulation 1’s most profitable driver and the chief of the brand new younger technology.

Chasing his maiden world title in his seventh season within the sport however first with a title-contending challenger, the 24-year-old Dutchman Verstappen would turn out to be his nation’s first-ever F1 champion and Purple Bull’s second after Sebastian Vettel.

Considerably, he would additionally finish Hamilton’s four-year reign on the summit of the game and be the primary non-Mercedes champion since Vettel in 2013.

One to go: The way it stands within the title chases

Drivers’ Factors
1) Max Verstappen 369.5
2) Lewis Hamilton 369.5
Constructors’
1) Mercedes 587.5
2) Purple Bull 559.5

Verstappen has headed the standings after 14 of this season’s 21 rounds however within the three weeks since November 14 has seen a 21-point lead whittled all the way down to zero because of a hat-trick of grand prix victories from his British rival.

For Hamilton, a record-breaking eighth world title is the historic prize on supply.

The 36-year-old tied Michael Schumacher’s benchmark of seven final 12 months however that is his probability to maneuver out on his personal. Already the file holder for race wins, podium finishers and pole positions, an eighth title would imply Hamilton strikes out on his personal on the head of the entire sport’s most vital statistical tables.

Sundown Showdown: Sky F1’s Abu Dhabi GP schedule

Thursday
3pm: The F1 Present Stay*

4pm: Drivers’ Press Convention

Friday
9am: Apply One Stay (Session begins 9.30am)*

12.45pm: Apply Two Stay (Session begins 1pm)*

Saturday
9.45am: Apply Three Stay (Session begins 10am)

12pm: Qualifying build-up Stay*

1pm: Abu Dhabi GP Qualifying*

4pm: Ted’s Qualifying Pocket book

Sunday
11.30am: Race build-up – Grand Prix Sunday Stay*

1pm: THE ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX LIVE*

3pm: Race response – Chequered Flag Stay*

4pm: Ted’s Pocket book

5pm: Abu Dhabi GP highlights

*simulcast on Sky Sports activities Predominant Occasion

You can too observe all the newest updates and evaluation by the week on skysports.com, the Sky Sports activities App and Sky Sports activities Information, plus additionally keep on top of things by way of Sky F1’s social platforms – Twitter, Instagram, Fb and YouTube.

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