Lewis Hamilton goes undercover to inspire school children
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Mikka Hakkinen has offered his verdict on whether he believes Lewis Hamilton or Max Verstappen will win the World Championship. The latter can claim the first title of his career if certain outcomes fall in his favour at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on Sunday.
Red Bull’s Verstappen currently tops the leaderboard and is eight points above rival Hamilton.
The pair’s tense battle has been one of the highlights of the 2021 season.
The fact the pair have collided several times at different Grands Prix has only added drama to the mix.
And now, two-times World Champion Hakkinen has waded into the debate over who will top the leaderboard come the end of the season.
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The 53-year-old believes Hamilton will overcome the deficit and win the championship for a record eighth time.
“What Adrian Newey has been designing with Red Bull again, it looks like the car is handling absolutely amazing,” he told Sky Sports.
“I think he has done a great job.
“Mercedes, they have incredible experience of winning the world championship so many times.
“They have a mega confidence to find that extra little performance needed to get this car to be first.
“Mercedes looks like it is a really tough car to drive and it’s really on a knife-edge but, when you get it right, it’s quick.”
When asked whether that meant he was edging towards Hamilton to win the title, Hakkinen simply said: “Yes.”
Former world champion Nico Rosberg has raised concerns about the track in Jeddah, claiming it is ‘completely nuts’ and ‘dangerous’ during a live simulator video on his YouTube channel.
Rosberg starts the video by saying: “It’s Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It’s a new track. I’ve just done a few laps on the simulator. Believe me, this track is completely nuts.”
He continues: “It’s so fast, there is no run-off. There is a corner at the back where you’re doing eighth gear and you downshift into seventh, and the corner is almost flat. On the right, there is a wall.
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“This looks high, high risk. It is one of those times when I am like: ‘Ha, I’m good [to not take part]’.
“I’m not in the car and it will be exciting to see how they will all get on.”
During a later Q&A session, he adds: “This is the ultimate challenge. This is dangerous, proper dangerous.
“The problem is, when you start going, it’s just so dusty and the sand is there, so it’s so slippery.
“You just have to build up to it, slowly but surely. You just have to find your rhythm and don’t make any mistakes. It’s an insane challenge.”
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