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F1 news LIVE: Max Verstappen has ‘makeover’ to lead Red Bull’s title challenge with Mercedes

Verstappen claims that he is treated differently from other drivers

Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton advance to the finals Formula one weekend in points at the top of the driver’s standings, with the Dutchman going for the win if he doesn’t finish as there are more race wins this season. However, the big hope for viewers is that the two will go the distance in another thrilling race, with this year’s belt war being one of the most intense in the sport’s history.

Fans were motivated by news that Channel 4 will stream the race in Abu Dhabu, which F1 President Stefano Domenicali called a “thriller finale to this epic season”. The first two practice sessions follow on Friday and we’ll have all the latest builds and action as the riders prepare for their final challenge, as well as all the news. F1 of the day.

Sunday’s race will prove to be one of the most memorable occasions on the track in recent history.

Follow all the latest news and updates below.

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The Netflix hype is complete this season

Many new F1 fans watching this season will be watching thanks to Netflix’s Drive to Survive documentary. The hype the show generated put a lot of weight on this season to bring and boy did it!

Verstappen and Hamilton’s rivalry, including numerous collisions, as well as heart-pounding moments like Sergio Perez’s Mexican GP podium finish gave supporters exactly what they wanted.

With this in mind, Vithushan Ehantharajah wrote a piece on the thrilling season:

Sarah RendellDecember 10, 2021 08:26

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Verstappen will “give his best” to win the title of teenager

Not only will Lewis Hamilton be able to make history on Sunday as if Max Verstappen won the title, he will claim his first F1 championship.

The Dutchman was sure to win this season until Hamilton won three races in a row in the pre-race period for the final race of the season. The victories brought both sides to equal points.

“It’s been an epic battle so far,” Verstappen said. We’ve had a lot of wins and great moments this year and overall we’ve been a lot more competitive than in previous years.

“We are even on points and I know that we as a team will give everything to win this Championship. It will be an exciting race and we want to finish the season in the best way possible.”

Sarah RendellDecember 10, 2021 08:19

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Vettel: Schumacher will always be F1’s greatest driver

Lewis Hamilton could break the record for most F1 titles this Sunday and could surpass Michael Schumacher’s seven.

The British star equaled the German driver’s record in 2020 but despite his record and potential to make history, Sebastian Vettel said he is not the best F1 driver of all time.

Vettel said Schumacher will always have that title, saying: “Michael is my hero. That’s why I probably don’t want Lewis to win but the truth is that both have had a strong season, they are going into the final race with a chance to win the title because they both deserve it.

“In a way, I would be happy if Michael’s record still holds but even if Lewis wins, for me Michael is still the greatest. Lewis could win one, two, three, five more championships but that doesn’t change anything for me.”

Sarah RendellDecember 10, 2021 08:13

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Alonso chooses between Verstappen and Hamilton

Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton have had a tense and interesting confrontation this season as fans debated who is the better driver.

That discussion has permeated drivers’ conversations with Fernando Alonso saying Verstappen has “goes ahead” of other rivals.

He said as reported in Crash: “I think Mercedes is doing a little better now and they have won a few races since but Max is driving, in my opinion, ahead of all. We both took a step and we saw the lap in Jeddah until he hit the wall in the last corner.

“That lap came from Max, not Red Bull I think, but that’s my opinion. Mercedes, they deserve the constructors’ championship because I think their car is superior and maybe the Max overall for the year was a step ahead of everyone. ”

Sarah RendellDecember 10, 2021 08:06

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Raikkonen questions his F1 popularity

Kimi Raikkonen is set to retire after the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi and he will do so with the most race starts ever.

The star who won the world championship in 2007 does not understand why it is so loved by fans.

“Probably because I’ve always been myself,” Raikkonen told Formula 1’s Off the grid audio file. “You have to get your fans to come here and spend 45 lovely minutes with you [on the podcast] to discuss that. I have no answer for that.”

Sarah RendellDecember 10, 2021 08:00

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Max Verstappen has ‘makeover’ for F1 title challenge

Team head Christian Horner said Red Bull’s championship challenge with Mercedes in Formula 1 was an unprecedented one and that was thanks to Max Verstappen’s incredible efforts behind the wheel.

“This is the first time Mercedes is in this position where they are being challenged. You can see they’re uncomfortable with it, “he speak on the Sports Desk podcast.

“Mercedes is a big machine – they have more marketers than us mechanically. This year there was a lot of David v Goliath.

“Arguably Lewis and Mercedes have had the better car since the summer break, but Max has driven beyond his skin – outstanding wins in Austin and Mexico.

“There is a lot of pressure on him – if you look at his hometown Grand Prix [in the Netherlands], and the way he deals with that at a time when the mental pressure of young athletes is under such scrutiny, I think he’s a shining light on how to deal with that pressure. . “

Karl MatchettDecember 10, 2021 07:49

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The F1 title decider will be shown live on Channel 4

The Formula 1 world championship race will be broadcast for free as Channel 4 has announced that they will be showing the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live.

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen are 369.5 points at the top of the drivers’ standings heading into Sunday’s race at Yas Marina Circuit.

Their win-lose battle will now be shown live on Channel 4, as well as on Sky Sports – which hosts all F1 races through its subscription services, which are said to have paid more than £1 billion for a five-year contract in 2019.

Sky, UK and Europe CEO Stephen van Rooyen said: “Sunday Grand Prix is ​​one of the biggest sporting events of the past decade, and could be a historic moment for British sport.

“We have chosen to gift the race to the nation for Christmas through our partnership with Channel 4, so everyone can be a part of the big national moment when Lewis Hamilton wins the title. historic eighth world championship.”

Formula One President Stefano Domenicali added: “We are delighted that Sky will be making Sunday’s Grand Prix available to Channel 4 viewers so that everyone can watch the thrilling finale of this epic season live. .”

Channel 4 made a similar deal with Amazon Prime in September to show Emma Raducanu’s US Open win.

(REUTERS)

Ben BurrowsDecember 9, 2021 22:00

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Hamilton says F1 drivers are all ‘a bit crazy’

Lewis Hamilton believes all F1 drivers are ‘a bit crazy’ ahead of his win-lose match with Max Verstappen on Sunday.

Hamilton and Max Verstappen entered the final race of the year with 369.5 points after a sublime racing campaign.

Reminded that he labeled Verstappen ‘crazy’ and ‘dangerous’ during last Sunday’s tumultuous Saudi Arabia race, when his run into the back of Red Bull abruptly slowed, Hamilton took play those comments.

“When we go to races, we talk about all sorts of things,” he explains.

“We’re in the heat of the moment, the adrenalin is on fire, your emotions are exploding… I think in the end our racers are all racers who are a bit crazy to be able to do things like that. what we do and take the risks that we do.”

(Beautiful pictures)

Ben BurrowsDecember 9, 2021 21:22

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Schumacher will always be F1’s greatest driver, declares Vettel

Sebastian Vettel insists Michael Schumacher will remain the greatest driver in Formula One history – even if Lewis Hamilton wins five more world championships.

Hamilton and Schumacher currently hold a record seven titles but the Mercedes man could make a clear move if he overtakes Max Verstappen at this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The season-ending race at Yas Marina saw Hamilton and Verstappen’s Red Bull come in with 369.5 points on the leaderboard.

The Brit insists a potential eighth title would be the best of his career based on the fight the pair have had.

However, Vettel feels Schumacher – who won seven titles between 1994 and 2004 – will remain untouchable as the greatest in the history of the sport, even as Hamilton continues to rise further. mine.

“Michael is my hero,” four-time world champion Vettel said of his German compatriot.

“For that reason I probably don’t want Lewis to win but the truth is that both have had a strong season, they are going into the final race with a chance to win the title because they both deserve it. .

“In a way, I would be happy if Michael’s record still holds but even if Lewis wins, for me Michael is still the greatest.

“Lewis could win one, two, three, five more championships but that doesn’t change anything for me and I get along very well with Lewis.

“So gut says I want Max to win just to keep the record alive but my head is very clear about ‘let the best man win’.”

(Getty)

Ben BurrowsDecember 9, 2021 20:44

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Verstappen’s opinion of Hamilton has changed ‘not in a positive way’

Max Verstappen has revealed his opinion of Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes has changed over the course of their season-long title battle – and not in a good way.

Hamilton and Verstappen headed into the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix ending the season on Sunday with 369.5 points after a year of ups and downs.

Hamilton collided with the rear of Verstappen’s car at the Saudi Grand Prix last weekend and who was subsequently given a 10-second penalty for reckless driving, was given a 5-second penalty for having previously won a profit. so by leaving. trace.

Verstappen was branded “mad” by Hamilton on the team’s radio as their rivalry intensified.

Asked if his views on Mercedes and Hamilton have changed throughout the season, the Dutchman replied: “Yes. And not in a positive way.

“Obviously only I was wrong somehow, like I said others did the same thing and got nothing.

“We both went off track and somehow they judged that it was my fault, which I disagreed with.

“The other penalty (causing a collision) I also disagree with, then he (Hamilton) pushed me off the track, he even looked at me, he didn’t turn in, he just pushed me to the side. outside. and he just got a warning for that.

“It’s not like that, it’s not fair because it seems like other drivers can do different things, and it just seems like I’m being fined.”

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Ben BurrowsDecember 9, 2021 20:05

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