F1 news live: Lewis Hamilton ponders engine change, Max Verstappen replies to crash fears


We are now just days away from the climax of one of the most fascinating and thrilling Formula One seasons of all time. Who will take the crown? Will it be Lewis Hamilton or Max Verstappen?

Remarkably, the two drivers will head into the finale at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix locked on the same number of points.

Sunday’s race is a straight shoot-out as Hamilton and Verstappen go toe to toe one more time for the F1 championship.

The Brit has the momentum after completing a hat-trick of wins in Saudi Arabia last weekend to close the deficit to 0.

He will have experience over Verstappen, who is bidding to win his maiden world title while Hamilton is going for a record eighth.

The Red Bull driver however has the edge in terms of race wins this season as the Dutchman has one more (9) to his name than his rival does.

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That has provided a dramatic subplot to Sunday’s race, with fears growing that Verstappen may try to crash with Hamilton.

The Dutchman, who is an aggressive driver anyway, has a clear incentive to do that as he will be crowned champion if they both fail to finish the race. 

Verstappen has claimed that is just ‘media talk’ in response to talk of the two rivals crashing. 

Hamilton, meanwhile, may be considering an engine change after Ted Kravitz claimed ‘it’s possible’ Mercedes could drop a new power unit in the car for Sunday’s race in a bid to give the Brit the edge.

It’s all heating up nicely ahead of the the final race, and the drivers will get the chance to test out the track this morning in free practice. Express Sport is on hand throughout the day to provide you with all the latest updates from the F1 world as Hamilton and Verstappen’s great battle edges closer to its conclusion, so make sure you stick around.


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