Before the final race of the season, two drivers were tied at the top – this special starting mode has only existed once in F1 history: in 1974 Clay Rigazzoni at Ferrari and Emerson Fittipaldi in a McLaren duel for the title. Before the last race at Watkins Glen (USA) they both had 52 points. Finally, a fourth place was enough for the Brazilian Fittipaldi to keep the Swiss Rigazzoni, who did not move beyond the eleventh, in check.
In 2021, the focus will be on Max Verstappen (Red Bull) and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes). While the Briton could advance to the lone world record champion with his fifth consecutive title and eighth overall, the Dutchman will celebrate his first title and finally live up to his huge praise. After winning his last 3 races in a row, the momentum is clear with Hamilton.
Half points of spa
The starting point is simple: whoever scores more points is the world champion. If both drivers quit or lose points, Verstappen is the world champion because he won more races of the season (9:8). The same scenario would also apply if Hamilton was ninth and Verstappen 10 and Verstappen could get an extra point on the fastest race lap. Then they will both get 371.5 points in their account.
By the way, half of the points come from the Belgian Grand Prix, where the race had to be stopped after only 3 laps, so only half of the usual prize was awarded. Verstappen scored 12.5 points to win third-place Hamilton with 7.5 points.
SRF Info, sportlive, 05.12.2021 5:50 p.m. fondle
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