Max Verstappen ‘will do EVERYTHING to get the win’, says his dad Jos amid fears the Dutchman will ram Lewis Hamilton off the road to ensure he is crowned world champion at Sunday’s F1 season finale in Abu Dhabi

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  • Rivals Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton will face off in Abu Dhabi
  • The two best drivers in motor racing are at the level of the points leading into the final race
  • Dutchman will win title on race win if neither should end on Sunday

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How far the fist of this extraordinary World Championships will descend below the belt, we will learn in the finale of Round 22 here in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

There are more than a few impossible things that cause us to sink in anticipation but what touches the most raw nerve is whether Max Verstappen will push Lewis Hamilton off the road.

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After Sunday’s toxic and chaotic race in Saudi Arabia, won by Hamilton with Verstappen in second place, the two best drivers in motor racing are on points level, although the Dutchman made it 9-8 on the race win. If neither of them should finish the race by dusk down the road at Yas Marina, Verstappen will win his first title on countback.

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Rivals Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton will face off in Abu Dhabi on Sunday

Red Bull ace Verstappen with his father Jose in the paddock at last month's Qatar Grand Prix

Red Bull ace Verstappen with his father Jose in the paddock at last month’s Qatar Grand Prix

No one in the Verstappen camp is gullible enough to cough up the possible depths of pursuing their dreams, but I still posed the most troubling question of the pivotal week for Jos, the father of the young pretender.

‘If It Comes Down, Will Max Ram Lewis Get Off The Road?’ I asked.

‘I don’t think that will happen,’ said the 49-year-old, himself an avid driver in the nineties and early 2000s.

Hamilton (rear) crashes behind Verstappen (front) during Sunday's race

Hamilton (rear) crashes behind Verstappen (front) during Sunday’s race

‘Max absolutely wants to win. He will definitely go for it. He will obviously try to defeat her. He will do everything to win, that’s for sure. it will be exciting.’

The phrase that echoes is ‘do everything to win’. Make of that what you will. If Verstappen had exercised the option that is open only to the man who holds the advantage, no penalty bar removal from the World Championship would prevent him from claiming his first title.

Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher have all taken stock of that fine line and they are heroes to many. The earlier era would have never even dreamed of it.

Hamilton ran after his title rival after Verstappen was ordered to return the lead

Hamilton ran after his title rival after Verstappen was ordered to return the lead

Not Juan Manuel Fangio, Sir Stirling Moss or Sir Jackie Stewart. It was an even more dangerous sport in those days, every move counted for life and death, and the acrimonious practice drew swift rebuke from his brave brothers.

This is the most toxic title fight I’ve covered for this newspaper, well, at least since 2007. It was an unfortunate case that pitted Hamilton against Fernando Alonso in the same McLaren, the young contender against the double and the reigning world champion.

‘Spygate’, McLaren’s illegal possession of 720 pages of Ferrari technical secrets casts its specter on him. Alonso, given in to paranoia and presented with a plethora of reasons to include such neurosis, which he perceived as an internal bias towards his rookie team-mate, the FIA ​​had to tell everyone about the espionage. Threatened, until he was outright ranked No. Much to the irritation of his team principal, Ron Dennis.

Hamilton wins first Saudi Arabian Grand Prix ahead of Verstappen (behind)

Hamilton wins first Saudi Arabian Grand Prix ahead of Verstappen (behind)

However, nothing can beat the tension of this week’s final round this century as Verstappen and Hamilton prepare for Sunday’s performance. For Hamilton, I think, the fear is that if he doesn’t grab his eighth world title now, his time may never come. He turns 37 in January and the rule change next season throws a finger of doubt on his face.

For Verstappen, there is clearly less to lose. But there is still a lot of sadness to be done. It will always be said about him that Verstappen was the one Trier who could never beat Hamilton.

The mathematical, logical advantage is with Verstappen, but only especially if he presses the button marked ‘n’ for the atom.

Title Final: Sunday at 1 pm, Abu Dhabi. Live on Sky Sports F1.

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