Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen’s title fight has been epic and now everything is at stake when the two clash one last time this season.
The stakes couldn’t be clearer.
The pair are tied and the winner takes everything.
Hamilton was the winner last weekend but did so under controversial circumstances. The Brit accused Verstappen of running brake tests after colliding with his Red Bull rival.
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It wasn’t the first time the two had arguments either. Another collision occurred five months ago with Verstappen in the hospital.
Hamilton celebrated his victory on the podium at Silverstone, but when he sprayed champagne, Verstappen was furious at his opponent’s disrespect.
There are some experts in the Formula 1 world who fear that Verstappen could deliberately collide with Hamilton and then claim the world title as he has nine wins from the Briton’s eight this season.
It represents a fascinating season finale on Monday morning.
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While all eyes will be on the headline drama of the title fight between Hamilton and Verstappen this weekend in Abu Dhabi, another world champion will make his final appearance in a Formula 1 car.
Twenty years after his F1 debut for Sauber at the 2001 Australian Grand Prix, Finnish driver Kimi RÃ¤ikkÃ¶nen will start his 349th and final race on Monday.
The resignation is nothing new for the 42-year-old, whose Alfa Romeo drive will be taken over by Valtteri Bottas next year.
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He tried before and missed the 2010 and 2011 seasons, though that only gave him time to drive in NASCAR and the World Rally Championship.
Raikkonen became known as a driver when he left Sauber for McLaren for the 2002 season and was twice runner-up in 2003 behind Michael Schumacher and in 2005 behind Fernando Alonso.
With one race still outstanding, Raikonnen has won 21 races, most recently at the 2018 United States Grand Prix in the final year of his second stint at Ferrari.
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FRIDAY DECEMBER 10th
8.15 p.m .: Exercise 1
12 noon: practice 2
SATURDAY DECEMBER 11th
9 p.m .: Exercise 3
11 p.m .: qualification
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Verstappen and Hamilton are both tied with 369.5 points. This means that for the first time since 1974 the two best drivers will go into the last race of the season with the same number of points.
That makes the championship picture easy, of course – that the winner takes everything home on Monday morning, right?
You see, there is another scenario where both drivers fail and don’t finish the race.
In which case, Verstappen would triumph after winning one race more than Hamilton (nine to eight).
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP LIST
1. Max Verstappen (NED) 369.5 points (9 wins)
2nd Lewis Hamilton (GBR) 369.5 (8 wins)
3. Valtteri Bottas (FIN) 218
4. Sergio PÃ©rez (MEX) 190
5. Charles Leclerc (MON) 158
6. Lando Norris (GBR) 154
7. Carlos Sainz (ESP) 149.5
8. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) 115
9. Pierre Gasly (FRA) 100
10. Fernando Alonso (ESP) 77
11. Esteban Ocon (FRA) 72
12. Sebastian Vettel (GER) 43
13. Lance hike (CAN) 34
14. Yuki Tsunoda (JPN) 20
15. George Russell (GBR) 16
16. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) 10
17. Nicholas Latifi (CAN) 7
18. Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA) 3
19. Mick Schumacher (GER) 0
20. Robert Kubica (POL) 0
21. Nikita Mazepin (RUS) 0
1. Mercedes 587.5 points
2. Red Bull-Honda 559.5
3. Ferrari 307.5
4. McLaren-Mercedes 269
5. Alpine-Renault 149
6. AlphaTauri-Honda 120
7. Aston Martin-Mercedes 77
8. Williams-Mercedes 23
9. Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari 13