Verstappen will have first shot at F1 title in Saudi Arabia

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Nov 22 (Reuters) – Max Verstappen will have his first shot at clinching the Formula One title in Saudi Arabia in two weeks’ time however Red Bull’s championship chief might additionally see his benefit disappear fully.

The 2021 title battle stays too near name, with Mercedes’ seven-times world champion Lewis Hamilton closing the hole to eight factors with one other dominant win in Qatar on Sunday.

With two races remaining, the prospect of a winner-takes-all shootout in the ultimate spherical at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina could be very a lot alive.

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For Verstappen to clinch the title at the inaugural Saudi Grand Prix in Jeddah on Dec. 5, he should end at least second.

But if Hamilton wins that race with a bonus level for quickest lap, and Verstappen is second, the pair will depart stage on factors and the Red Bull driver forward 9-8 on race wins.

In that situation, the title will be gained by whoever finishes forward of the opposite in the ultimate race, except they take one another out.

Should Hamilton win in Jeddah and Verstappen end decrease than second, it will be the Mercedes driver main into the ultimate race.

Other present title permutations all contain Verstappen ending second in Jeddah, with or with out quickest lap, however Hamilton failing to win.

A retirement for the Briton would nonetheless require Verstappen to attain 18 factors, a second place, to finish the competition.

If Hamilton is tenth, Verstappen would must be second with quickest lap.

Should Verstappen win, with quickest lap, it will be throughout if Hamilton isn’t any greater than sixth. Without quickest lap, Hamilton would have to be seventh or decrease.

There have been loads of ups and downs in this rollercoaster season, however probably the most possible final result — primarily based on kind to this point — is for the title race to go right down to the wire.

Hamilton has failed to attain in two of the 20 races thus far, Azerbaijan and Italy, however Verstappen drew a clean in each as nicely — in Italy after they collided.

Verstappen has completed second seven occasions, with Hamilton the winner on six of these events.

The exception was Turkey, the place Verstappen was second and Hamilton fifth.

In Monaco, Verstappen gained with Hamilton seventh however the Briton made positive of quickest lap. On the 2 events the place Verstappen has gained with quickest lap, Hamilton completed second and fourth.

“It’s going to be a tight battle to the end,” stated Verstappen, second on Sunday.

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Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London; Editing by Shrivathsa Sridhar

Formula One F1 - Qatar Grand Prix - Losail International Circuit, Lusail, Qatar - November 21, 2021  Red Bull's Max Verstappen during the press conference after the race  FIA/Handout via REUTERS

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