F1 steward provides penalty updates ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen shoot-out

Hamilton v Verstappen: Their careers in numbers

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Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen will go head-to-head for title glory this weekend as the F1 season comes to an end in Abu Dhabi. Both drivers head into the decider level on points, with Verstappen currently holding the advantage due to winning one more race this year.

The Dutch driver has endured a nervy final few weeks of the season and has relinquished a 32-point lead since July.

Verstappen had looked nailed on to win his maiden F1 title but the season has been blown wide open as Hamilton has stormed to three consecutive victories.

The Briton won in Brazil and Qatar, before beating his title rival at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix at the weekend.

The season finale is set to be an intense affair, with both drivers under pressure to achieve glory.

And, according to Grandpx.news, F1 stewards will be taking the same approach as they have done all season.

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Highly-experienced FIA steward Peter Oord has ruled out the possibility of points deductions for either of the title protagonists for any bad behaviour on-track during the Abu Dhabi showpiece event.

“Yes, it is the last race of the season – the denouement of the world championship,” Oord said.

“But for the stewards, this race is no different than the first – or the twelfth.”

When quizzed about the protocols for penalising indiscretions, Oord added: “They look at exactly what happened, what penalties are possible and how similar incidents have been dealt with in the past.

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“Suppose we have an incident like the one we saw in Monza. That would probably result in a time penalty instead.”

Hamilton is chasing a record eighth F1 championship in the Middle East after finding form at the right time of the season.

The Stevenage-born ace is currently level with legendary German racer Michael Schumacher at the top of the all-time standings.

Hamilton had appeared to be out of the hunt to land the championship last month after winning just five races, compared to Verstappen’s nine.

But the Briton has now won just one fewer race than his arch-rival and has all the momentum. He has been installed as the favourite to win the final race and claim the title.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Sky and Channel 4 are trying to thrash out a deal to allow the terrestrial broadcaster to screen the final race live.

Initial talks are apparently underway between the two broadcasters due to the level of interest in the decider.

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