ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX: LEWIS HAMILTON AND MAX VERSTAPPEN HEAD FOR FINAL BATTLE

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Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton will start their decisive final battle in one of the greatest Formula 1 seasons in history alongside each other on the front row of the grid at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Both Hamilton and Verstappen go into the final race locked together on 369.5 points – only the second time this has happened since F1’s first season in 1950.

Whatever unfolds, history will be made – either 36-year-old Hamilton will claim his eighth world title and become the sport’s most successful driver ever by surpassing Michael Schumacher. Or, 24-year-old Verstappen will win his first title to usher in a new era.

Verstappen has the advantage after taking pole position in his Red Bull with a quite exceptional lap around Yas Marina on Saturday that left Hamilton and Mercedes breathless.