The Formula One championship could be wrapped up by Red Bull driver Max Verstappen in Saudi Arabia, but there are many variables.
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen could win the 2021 Formula One World Championship at the next round in Saudi Arabia, but only if he wins and Mercedes-AMG rival, Lewis Hamilton, finishes sixth place or lower.
What’s more, Verstappen would need to claim fastest lap for the additional point, therefore, leaving him 26 points adrift of the reigning champion.
However, this could come undone if Hamilton is victorious plus scores the fastest lap at the finale and Verstappen doesn’t finish in the points – a scenario that would leave the contenders on equal points.
If this were the case, the title would be decided via a countback, with the championship decided by race wins throughout the season.
In a more favourable scenario for the Dutchman, he must finish second or above at the penultimate round, while Hamilton would need to cross the line without any points. This would seal the deal for the Red Bull driver’s first F1 championship.
Verstappen holds a slim lead of eight points over the Mercedes ace, after Hamilton won the previous round in Qatar, and Verstappen finished in second place.
After Qatar, Hamilton told F1 broadcasters: “I don’t really have too much emotion except for [being] driven right now. But it’s amazing…To close that gap so many points in these last few races has been important.
[But] I feel positive going into these next couple of races. I think they should be quite good for our car, so I’m looking forward to that battle.”
Verstappen told F1 broadcasters: “We just need to try and stay focused and there are two races to go and as you can see a lot of things can happen. Anything is possible.”
“I feel good. It’s going to be a tight battle to the end. I know it’s going to be difficult to the end, but I think that’s nice – it keeps it exciting.”
With various possible scenarios, neither driver can afford to make any mistakes during the final two rounds.
The next round of the 2021 Formula One championship is the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on 3 to 6 December, with the finale in Abu Dhabi on 10 to 12 December 2021.
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