Ahead of the season-ending Abu Dhabi GP, we look at the key numbers of the Formula 1 2021 title battle between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.
Whatever happens at the end of the Formula 1 world championship battle between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, we can all agree that it’s been one wonderful battle to witness.
The legend vs the future legend. The upstart vs. F1’s most established and recognised name. The present vs. the future. No matter which way you spin it, the fights between them have been fascinating.
Yes, there have been times when maybe things went a little too far. And yes, the animosity now has ramped up significantly since the start of the season.
But within the heat of the battle, their fight has been fascinating to watch. And for this season at least, it will conclude at the Abu Dhabi GP set to take place this week.
The crowning glory of winning an unprecedented eighth F1 world title?
Or dethroning a legend to become champion for the first time?
— Formula 1 (@F1) December 7, 2021
Ahead of the final race of the 2021 season, we look at the key numbers to keep in mind.
It’s simple really; the driver to score more points in this race is the title winner. And given Verstappen and Hamilton are a notch faster than everyone else, they will most likely again be contending for the race win.
It’s also worth noting though, that a DNF for both drivers would see Verstappen win the title. That is because he leads on countback, having won 1 more race than Hamilton.
As for who the favourite would be, it remains unclear. The advantage has swung wildly between the two drivers and teams throughout the season. To top things off, the Yas Marina circuit has seen some changes made to it.
So as things stand, no one really knows who or what the track might favour. Historically, the track has been a stronghold for Mercedes and so that might be some indication of an advantage for them.
However, Abu Dhabi was one race last season where Red Bull and Verstappen were quicker than Mercedes all weekend. So there’s no way to be certain.
One thing is for certain; the finish to this season will be as exciting as the season that preceded it.