Wednesday, November 24, 2021 12:39 PM – Last update: 12:45 PM
With two Grands Prix to go and a difference of eight points, it cannot be ruled out that Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton will have an equal number of points when the flag falls in Abu Dhabi. In that case, the Dutchman may in any case be crowned world champion because of the number of victories he has written to his name this season.
Verstappen has a chance at the world championship for the first time in his Formula 1 career. In fact, theoretically he can already be crowned at the next race in Saudi Arabia. However, that requires a bad result from Hamilton and without craziness, that seems unlikely. Mercedes has already indicated that in Jeddah the engine that Hamilton drove in Brazil will be put under the hood again. This example has few kilometers on the counter, which means that it can be further increased. Looking at the layout of the brand new street circuit, that seems to be a big advantage for the seven-time world champion.
Tied after Abu Dhabi
However, Hamilton himself has not yet checked the Limburger, which means that there is a good chance that the battle will be decided during the final piece on December 5 in Abu Dhabi. If it is tied after the race on the Yas Marina Circuit, Verstappen is automatically world champion. There is no scenario possible in which Hamilton wins both races, and it ends with an equal number of points. And then the regulations of the FIA come into play.
In the event of a draw, Formula 1 is the first to look at the number of victories. If there is a tie, they look at the number of second places and so on until a winner emerges. Verstappen currently has nine wins, Hamilton seven. That means that if it ends in a draw, Verstappen always has one more win and thus becomes world champion. Side note: Should performance up to and including the number of DNFs be equal, the FIA will designate a world champion “on the basis of criteria they deem fit.”
Tied after Saudi Arabia
It is also not excluded that Verstappen and Hamilton will start with an equal number of points at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, something that has not happened for years. If Hamilton wins the Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia and records the fastest lap while Verstappen is second, both men will start the last race with 369.5 points. If it is equal when the flag falls, for example due to a double DNF, the Netherlands will have a world champion anyway.