F1 fans certain of Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen crash stance as Red Bull worry raised

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen analysed by Coulthard

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There are fears the most dramatic of F1 seasons could be decided by a collision because Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen have been involved a number of incidents this year. The Mercedes and Red Bull stars head into the final race of the season tied on points at the top of the standings.

If a collision was to occur between the pair then Verstappen would be crowned world champion because he has won nine races this term, one more than Hamilton.

There will be an extra emphasis for Hamilton to stay clear of the Dutchman as he looks to break away from the Drivers’ Championship record he shares with Michael Schumacher.

The FIA made clear in their pre-race notes that Verstappen could be docked points if he deliberately hits Hamilton.

However, Express Sport readers agree that the duo will not come to blows in Abu Dhabi.

Less than five per cent of readers believe that both drivers will crash out of the race, with 70 per cent backing Hamilton and Verstappen to see the chequered flag.

But there is a worry for Red Bull in that almost 20 per cent of voters think the aggressive racing style of Verstappen will see him crash out.

When it comes to winning the race, 67 per cent of Express Sport readers claim Hamilton will reign supreme in the Middle East, meaning he will end the year as the world champion.

Only 22 per cent of voters backed Verstappen, while Valtteri Bottas is the clear third favourite, ahead of Lando Norris and Sergio Perez.

Ahead of the race, FIA race director Michael Masi warned Hamilton and Verstappen over the potential repercussions of a crash.

“I can’t control the actions of the two individuals, only they can,” said Masi.

“But within the regulations we have penalties, be it time or grid penalties.

“In addition, the International Sporting Code has provision for the stewards to disqualify a competitor or dock championship points.

“So, yes, Max could be deducted points, as could any team.

“We hope it isn’t necessary, but it is one of the tools available. I will remind all the teams and drivers of these provisions.”

The final F1 race of the season is available to watch on Channel 4 after they struck an agreement with Sky Sports F1.

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