F1: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix time, Hamilton v Verstappen title permutations & odds

Who'll be driving home with the title?

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Here we go! The last race of a thrilling Formula 1 season is upon us as Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen’s title battle goes down to the final chequered flag.

An incredible run of results has seen the Mercedes driver draw level on points with his Red Bull rival so it really is a case of the winner takes it all in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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Verstappen came out on top in last season’s finale at the Yas Marina Circuit but Hamilton has the most wins in history at the track, which has been modified this year to aid overtaking.

You won’t want to miss a second of the action as Hamilton attempts to seal an unprecedented eighth World Drivers’ Championship, and you’ll find all the key information below.

When is the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2021?

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2021 race weekend takes place between Friday, December 10 and Sunday, December 12. The practice sessions on the opening day begin at 9.30am and 1pm. The third and final practice is at 10am on Saturday before qualifying at 1pm. It’s lights out and away we go in the big race itself at 1pm on Sunday.

How to watch the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2021

As ever the race is being shown on Sky Sports F1 and they are throwing it up on Sky Sports Main Event too.

If you haven’t got a subscription though, don’t fear as Channel 4 will be showing the action too.

What are the permutations for the F1 World Drivers’ Championship?

Both drivers head into the season’s epic finale on 369.5 points so, bar one (unlikely) outcome, whoever finishes ahead in Abu Dhabi will get their hands on the title.

What is that one scenario? If Hamilton finishes ninth then Verstappen can still win the title if he comes home in 10th with the fastest lap.

Hamilton and Verstappen have collided on numerous occasions this term so if both fail to finish then the Dutchman will clinch the title barring any major post-race penalties because he has more wins this season.

Who is the favourite to win the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2021?

Hamilton heads the betting for Sunday’s big race as he bids to make it four wins on the spin after successes in Brazil, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Verstappen has had to settle for second place in the last three races and our market indicates it could be another runner-up trophy for the Red Bull man.

So Hamilton is the favourite to win the F1 World Drivers’ Championship, right?

Yep, Hamilton is the favourite with Paddy Power to win the World Drivers’ Championship, despite needing to better Max Verstappen’s result in Abu Dhabi. The momentum is with the Brit as he’s made the most of Mercedes’ improved performance and fresher engine in recent weeks.

Qualifying at the Yas Marina Circuit has been crucial over the years so Saturday’s action could prove key to the outcome of the title.

Hang on… what about the F1 Constructors’ Championship?

Mercedes hold a healthy 28-point advantage over Red Bull heading into the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2021. A maximum of 44 points are available to a constructor over a conventional race weekend so Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas just need to score a combined 17 points to guarantee the title.

If the Mercedes duo both fail to finish then Red Bull can end their rivals’ total domination of the turbo-hybrid era by placing first and ninth with the fastest lap because they will have more wins on countback.

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