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Lewis Hamilton vs Max Verstappen F1 decider turns into real life version of Squid Fishing Game in win-lose head-to-head

LEWIS HAMILTON’s championship war with Max Verstappen turned into a real-life Squid Fishing Game.

Hamilton beat the odds in a fierce battle to rival the hit Netflix series, where characters enter bloody contests for glory.

Lewis Hamilton is in contention for the world record eighth world title

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Lewis Hamilton is on fire for a world record eighth world titleCredit: Splash
Max Verstappen is competing with Hamilton for the F1 crown

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Max Verstappen is competing with Hamilton for the F1 crownCredit: Getty
Red Bull boss Christian Horner compared the race to a real-life Squid Fishing Game

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Red Bull boss Christian Horner compared the race to a real-life Squid Fishing GameCredit: Splash

F1 will host their own version of the red light, green light game on Sunday in Abu Dhabi in a take-all contest.

Red Bull owner Christian Horner said that the gripping finale was beyond Hollywood filmmakers’ dreams – MORE he also fired another barbed shot at Hamilton.

He said: “The way we’ve fought. The way we’ve pushed in this campaign, nobody has come close to challenging Mercedes in the last eight years and here we are, in the last race with a single shot. .

“One long shot in the assistors’ championship and one equalizer in the drivers’ championship.

“We pushed to the limit. Pushed each other and pushed our opponents and here we are in the final race for the showdown.

“It looks like the Squid Game we ended up here with an equal score. It’s going to be hot on Sunday.”

Both drivers are equal in points and have been warned by management it is unlikely that they will be penalized – or even banned for unsportsmanlike behaviour.

They had come for the final battle in Saudi Arabia to add to the high-profile collisions at Silverstone and Monza.

Verstappen is punished as a result of two flash point in Jeddah, not to mention the five-placement penalty he received in Qatar for ignoring the two-armed yellow flag.

To add insult to injury, Hamilton escaped with just a split second for a similar infraction last week.

The British also labeled Verstappen a “crazy guy” – Horner suggested his driver had fallen victim to Mercedes’ PR juggling.

In a stinging attack, the Red Bull chief added: “Lewis has a place in the sport and what he says carries a lot of weight.

“He’s used every tool available to pressure Max this year.

“He is supported by the Mercedes communication machine – a huge amount of pressure has been placed on Max’s shoulders.

“Max is just a young man. He’s 24 years old, driving with bravery, with passion, with skill and he’s up against not just Lewis but a giant machine in Mercedes-Benz.

“All credit to him like how he handled that pressure this year and didn’t get sucked into it, didn’t get sucked into it.

As Lewis Hamilton actually called us, we’re just a racing energy drink company.

“The Mercedes Formula One team has become a machine. They have the weight and power of the parent company behind them.

“I can’t believe it’s especially comforting to be hit by an energy drink maker!

“We’re a bunch of racers, we’re going to race, we’ve got a phenomenal driver who’s done his best this year, and it’s been intense on track and off track.

“I think the focal point, even the story about last week of this Mad Max script, calling him crazy, has a very clear backstory.”

It’s almost like the Squid game we ended up here with an equal score. It will make for a fascinating viewing on Sunday.

Christian Horner

Horner shared an awkward handshake with Toto Wolff during a toe acrobatics during a televised press conference.

And while the Merc boss cheered FIA to warn both drivers before their race, Horner said his driver would NOT changed his approach to racing.

He said: “Max has been treated roughly at times. I think he’s been under the kind of scrutiny we’ve seen that doesn’t apply consistently to other incidents. And he’s heartbroken by that,” he said. there.

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“The problem for Max is his supervision. He has the light on him, he’s running in the front.

“He drives great. Max drives in a way that ignites passion.

“It brought the fans to the sport and we didn’t want him to change. We wanted him to drive the way he was. That brought him to the brink of competition with Lewis for this world championship.”

Meanwhile, Hamilton topped his second practice session here at Yas Marina Circuit.

The defending champion was half a second faster than Red Bull’s man who is only fourth fastest.

Hamilton said: “It’s been a good day, I like the changes they’ve made to the track – it makes it more free-flowing and fun.

“It’s obviously close between all of us and it’s a bit unclear in terms of relative speed but I’m sure it will be super close, as it has been in previous races.

“The car doesn’t feel too bad. Now we just have to examine the data and try to figure out how we can improve, the goal is always moving.”

Both Hamilton and Verstappen have competed against each other this season

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Both Hamilton and Verstappen have competed against each other this seasonCredit: AFP
Horner says Max Verstappen won't change his driving style for title decider

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Horner says Max Verstappen won’t change his driving style for title deciderCredit: Getty
F1 star Max Verstappen arrives in Abu Dhabi for a nail-biting show with Lewis Hamilton

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