THERE simply is no bigger finish what is coming – Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen are going to engage in an unmissable F1 season finish.
The pair have been locked in a stunning tussle all 2021 season for the crown of world champion and have dragged back fans to the sport in the process.
There was no love lost last weekend at the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix, where the pair were involved in ANOTHER collision, as the Dutchman was forced to let the Brit overtake him.
But they finished in first and second spot in Jeddah, meaning they are incredibly on exactly the same points total of 369.5 points.
There is even an unlikely scenario where Hamilton and Verstappen could finish the season on the same points total – and that would result in the Dutchman clinching world championship victory.
Hamilton is within touching distance of immortality, a victory for him this weekend would take him one world title ahead of Michael Schumacher's magic mark of seven drivers' championships.
Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina Circuit has undergone a series of changes in a bid to make the Formula One season finale even more exciting for drivers and fans.
A chicane has been removed, with a wider hairpin now forming turn seven, while four tight corners, 11 to 14, have also gone – replaced by one long, cambered turn.
Further alterations at the hotel section, turns 17 to 20, have been made to allow the cars to run closer together in an attempt to boost the number of overtaking opportunities on the circuit.
The changes mean it is harder to determine which car will be better-suited to the Yas Marina Circuit, with Verstappen winning here last year to end a run of six consecutive Mercedes victories in the United Arab Emirates.
What time is the F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix practice?
- F1 heads to Abu Dhabi for the final weekend of the season, starting on December 10 and ending on Sunday, December 12.
- The Grand Prix race starts at 1pm on Sunday.
What TV channel is the F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on and can I live stream it?
- Channel 4 will be broadcasting the race in the UK, alongside Sky Sports.
- The terrestrial station reached a late deal with Sky to show the race on free-to-air television.
- Practice and qualifying is live on Sky Sports F1, with the race itself also on Sky Sports Main Event.
- You can stream all the action live with a Sky Go account and on the Sky Sports app.
- Non Sky Sports subscribers can watch all the action on Now TV with a day pass costing £9.99.
F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix schedule
Friday December 10
- Practice One – 9.30am UK (1.30pm local)
- Practice Two – 1pm UK (5pm local)
Saturday December 11
- Practice Three – 10am UK (2pm local)
- Qualifying – 1pm UK (5pm local)
Sunday December 12
- Race – 1pm UK (5pm local)
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What are the current 2021 driver standings?
- Max Verstappen – 369.5 points
- Lewis Hamilton – 369.5 points
- Valtteri Bottas – 218 points
- Sergio Perez – 190 points
- Charles Leclerc – 158 points
- Lando Norris – 154 points
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