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F1 news LIVE: Max Verstappen breaks Lewis Hamilton as Red Bull apologizes

Verstappen and Hamilton go into F1 season finals with points

The finale of this F1 season is almost up against Abu Dhabi this week and the sport has reached fever pitch following the drama in Saudi Arabia when Lewis Hamilton beat Max Verstappen to claim the right to balance. equal in the battle to become the F1 world champion in 2021.

Hamilton and Verstappen were level on points heading into the final race following Hamilton’s chaotic win in Jeddah, which came after the two clashed several times including a body collision when Verstappen abruptly slowed down on command to Hamilton overtook him, having illegally held the race lead earlier in the night. Hamilton was unprepared and ran into the back of his opponent, damaging his front wing. Six rounds later, Verstappen eventually gave the lead to Hamilton, who went on to win.

The result means Hamilton, chasing his eighth world title, on points with Verstappen, hunts for his first championship in what is certain to be a stellar career in the Premier League. Formula 1. Both have 369.5 points and head to this weekend’s finale in Abu Dhabi with everything to play. Follow all the latest news and updates below.

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Max Verstappen branded ‘bad athlete’ after stepping off F1 podium without joining celebration

Verstappen finished second against title rivals Lewis Hamilton in Jeddah after a race full of controversy and controversy, including the pair coming into contact when Verstappen abruptly slowed down to let the British pass on orders from his manager.

The result means Hamilton is level on points with the young Dutchman, who is chasing his first world title as Hamilton searches for a record eighth. Their championship battle will be decided in the final race of the season, in Abu Dhabi this weekend.

Jack RathbornDecember 8, 2021, 08:22

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Marko apologizes and accepts Verstappen braked Hamilton in Jeddah

“At the time of the televised interview, I passed on exactly the same information that I had previously received from the engineers,” said Helmut Marko. f1-insider.com.

“Obviously they weren’t right, so I apologize.”

Initially, the Red Bull adviser said: “We feel we have been treated unfairly. We are working to prove that Max’s brake pressure did not increase when he collided with Hamilton,” said the Austrian.

“Hamilton simply guessed wrong and drove into Max’s car. Unfortunately, that left two big cuts in our rear tyres. That’s why we can’t attack anymore.”

Jack RathbornDecember 8, 2021, 08:11

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Jacques Villeneuve declares Saudi Grand Prix fight a ‘racing car for hire’

Formula one Former world champion Jacques Villeneuve warned it risks becoming a “Hollywood show” after the Saudi Grand Prix became a “racing car for hire”.

It establishes a thrilling season ending Grand Prix Abu Dhabi with Hamilton and Verstappen level on points after one of the most impressive campaigns in recent memory.

Jack RathbornDecember 8, 2021, 08:10

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Ross Brawn Defends FIA Managers Against Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Decisions

Jack RathbornDecember 8, 2021, 08:09

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Max Verstappen warns him ‘undefendable’ against Lewis Hamilton’s pace at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

The seven-time world champion has a long-term advantage at the first Saudi Arabia Grand Prix and is almost a second faster than Verstappen in stages one and two at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit.

Jack RathbornDecember 8, 2021, 08:09

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