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Who will win the F1 world title if Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen are on points at the end of the season?

MAX VERSTAPPEN and Lewis Hamilton advance to next weekend’s title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix level by points following Brit’s action-packed victory in Saudi Arabia.

The Dutch player who was leading the championship was forced to give up the first place after a collision with Hamilton in round 37.

Verstappen was forced to give up the first place after a collision with Hamilton in the 37th round

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Verstappen was forced to give up the first place after a collision with Hamilton in the 37th roundCredit: GET SMALL IMAGE
Hamilton pulled out of front spoiler and went on to win

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Hamilton pulled out of front spoiler and went on to winCredit: GET SMALL IMAGE

As Verstappen slowed, Hamilton hit the rear of his opponent’s car – damaging his front wing.

However, Hamilton keep his psyche and won the Saudi GP a convincing way to win the third in a row.

Verstappen was also awarded a penalty ten seconds after the race, but it did not change his place on the podium.

Victory sees Hamilton draw balance points with Verstappen with only Abu Dhabi left to go.

But can Verstappen and Hamilton end the season on points and if so, who will be crowned champions?

How can Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen finish with points?

Two title challengers can complete the level in points if one of the other finishes ninth or tenth.


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Ninth won two points in the championship and tenths only make one.

But if the tenth-placed driver sets up the fastest lap, they get an extra point, meaning they both take two points for Abu Dhabi – thus finishing at 371.5.

Who wins the championship if they are equal on points?

If both end the level on Sunday night, Verstappen will win his first F1 title, denying Hamilton’s eighth break the record.

Verstappen will finish first due to 9 GP victories over Hamilton of 8.

If the Dutchman is the best, it will be Red Bull’s first championship since 2013 when Sebastian Vettel won his fourth straight title.

It would also prevent Hamilton from winning a fifth straight title, preventing him from surpassing the level of legendary Michael Schumacher, who managed the record between 2000-04.

Verstappen didn't hang around for celebrations behind the podium when he went out

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Verstappen didn’t hang around for celebrations behind the podium when he went outCredit: GET SMALL IMAGE

Who will win the title of world champion of F1 drivers if both head to head?

If the two clash in Abu Dhabi, forcing both to retire from the race, Verstappen will be crowned champion.

No points will be awarded for finishing below 11.

And with Verstappen having nine GP wins over Hamilton of eight, he will take the F1 crown.

Alain Prost, who knows a thing or two about fiery title feuds, says you ‘cannot rule out such a case’ when one or both drivers crashes.

Prost’s feud with Ayrton Senna led to an accident at the Japanese GP in 1989. A year later the same track happened again.

I said Bild: “Something similar could happen. That’s why it’s important not to cross the line.

“The situation can arise when the drivers know in one corner or another ‘I’m going to win or lose the World Championship right here’.

“It was very stressful, and the tension only increased for a while. So you cannot rule out such a scenario.

“I look at Monza, where if Max hadn’t tried to overtake Lewis he would have lost the race, so would you take the risk or not?

“It’s not easy in a win or lose situation like this.”

The two have been too close to be comfortable many times this season.

More notably in Silverstone and Monza.

Verstappen was forced to retire from racing at the British GP after being clamped and hit a wall at 160 mph.

Verstappen was cut short by Hamilton at Silverstone and hit a wall at 160MPH

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Verstappen was cut short by Hamilton at Silverstone and hit a wall at 160MPHCredit: SKY SPORTS F1
Title competitors also clashed at Monza, with both having to give up the race

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Title competitors also clashed at Monza, with both having to give up the raceCredit: GET SMALL IMAGE

Hamilton went on to win the race, but Mercedes’ celebration was then ignited after the crash that knocked Verstappen out and sent the 24-year-old to the hospital.

The pair then clashed at the Italian GP, ​​which saw Verstappen’s car finish with a Hamilton.

The halo safety feature – introduced in 2018 – prevented Hamilton from leaving with a serious injury, or possibly worse.

Hamilton's halo bracelet has the ability to save his life

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Hamilton’s halo bracelet has the ability to save his lifeCredit: AFP

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