F1 on tenterhooks: history for Hamilton or victory for Verstappen

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F1 on tenterhooks: history for Hamilton or victory for Verstappen

The title goes down to the wire in the season’s last race in Abu Dhabi, with the two chief protagonists on equal points

Lewis Hamilton will become either the first Formula One driver to win eight world championships, or be dethroned by young nemesis Max Verstappen under the Abu Dhabi floodlights on Sunday.

Either a record will be set, one surely destined to be longer lasting than Ferrari great Michael Schumacher’s seven between 1994-2004, or Hamilton’s long reign will end in a generational shift.

For the first time since 1974, and only the second since the world championship started in 1950 though scoring systems have changed, two title contenders go into the final round absolutely level on points. Whatever the outcome, the showdown promises to be television ratings gold...

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