F1 racing has become a household name ever since the race league was featured in a docuseries on Netflix a few years ago, just before the pandemic hit. While Season 4 is slated for Late February or Early March of 2022, the drivers head to historic, and typically the final leg, Etihad Airways ABU DHABI Grand Prix in ABU DHABI for what could be the biggest race in many years.
The magnitude of the race is due to Max Verstappen’s effort to unthrone the legendary Lewis Hamilton, who has won 6 out of the last 7 drivers championships, including 4 in a row. Hamilton owns 7 total titles yet is staring down the barrel of the 24-year-old Belgian-Dutch driver who is sometimes disliked because of his robotic-like demeanor.
How close is the title chase? Well in a rare occurrence, the drivers are tied. According to Top Gear (2021), “This has only happened once before in F1 history, back in 1974 when McLaren’s Emerson Fittipaldi and Ferrari’s Clay Regazzoni went to Watkins Glen in Upstate New York tied on 52 points apiece” (para. 1).
These two have battled all year, and with plenty of controversies. They have made contact several times this season, with multiple penalties by both drivers, and Abu Dhabi’s race typically provides lots of collision opportunities. Add that into the storyline that Verstappen has reportedly shut off Netflix from any interviews for Season 4, citing the network’s fabrication of rivalries and taking quotes out of context.
There is also history on the line this weekend. According to Sky Sports, Hamilton would clinch an eighth world title and confirm him as the greatest F1 driver ever with a win Sunday (2021). And if we’re going by history, it appears Hamilton holds the upper hand at this particular track.
Formula 1 on Twitter: “A finishing record to behold as we return to Abu Dhabi 👀We are merely days away from capping and end to our unforgettable season so far ✨#F1 #HistoryAwaits pic.twitter.com/TP2SiaJpni / Twitter”
A finishing record to behold as we return to Abu Dhabi 👀We are merely days away from capping and end to our unforgettable season so far ✨#F1 #HistoryAwaits pic.twitter.com/TP2SiaJpni
F1 fans are hoping for something epic on Sunday, just like what they saw in 2012.
Formula 1 on Twitter: “FINAL RACE TITLE DECIDERS 🏆 2012 Two legendary drivers, one championship title on the line 🤯Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel’s 2012 title battle in Brazil was nothing short of dramatic! 😅#F1 #HistoryAwaits pic.twitter.com/xj1NSze60R / Twitter”
FINAL RACE TITLE DECIDERS 🏆 2012 Two legendary drivers, one championship title on the line 🤯Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel’s 2012 title battle in Brazil was nothing short of dramatic! 😅#F1 #HistoryAwaits pic.twitter.com/xj1NSze60R
~Michael Patrick Day, Irish Proud & 12oz Sports Writer
Sky Sports (2021). Abu Dhabi GP: Sky partners with Channel 4 to share historic Formula 1 climax with the nation. Retrieved https://www.skysports.com/f1/news/12040/12490561/abu-dhabi-gp-sky-partners-with-channel-4-to-share-historic-formula-1-climax-with-the-nation
Waddell, A (2021). F1: remember when two drivers were last tied on points going into the final round? BBC Top Gear. Retrieved https://www.topgear.com/car-news/formula-one/f1-remember-when-two-drivers-were-last-tied-points-going-final-round