Motor racing-The road to the 2021 Formula One title showdown
The Dutch driver took the lead four laps from the end on fresher tyres but had to hand it back after going off and gaining an advantage. Hamilton 25 points, Verstappen 18 (Hamilton +7) April 18 - EMILIA ROMAGNA, Italy Hamilton was on pole but lost out to eventual winner Verstappen through the opening corners when they made contact.
Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton are level on points after 21 of Formula One's 22 races, with the title to be decided in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. The following looks at how they got there:
March 28 - BAHRAIN Hamilton started second and fended off polesitter Verstappen after going ahead on strategy. The Dutch driver took the lead four laps from the end on fresher tyres but had to hand it back after going off and gaining an advantage.
Hamilton 25 points, Verstappen 18 (Hamilton +7) April 18 - EMILIA ROMAGNA, Italy
Hamilton was on pole but lost out to eventual winner Verstappen through the opening corners when they made contact. A race stoppage brought Hamilton back into contention from ninth and a lap down. The fastest lap kept him top. Hamilton 44, Verstappen 43 (Hamilton +1)
May 2 - PORTUGAL Hamilton was third after a safety car re-start but passed Verstappen and Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas to win. Bottas started on pole and took fastest lap. Verstappen was second.
Hamilton 69, Verstappen 61 (Hamilton +8) May 9 - SPAIN
Hamilton's fifth successive Spanish GP win and sixth in total. He started on pole for the 100th time, lost out to Verstappen at the first corner and made a second stop late in the race to regain the lead. Verstappen took fastest lap. Hamilton 94, Verstappen 80 (Hamilton +14)
May 23 - MONACO Verstappen's first win in Monaco, after Ferrari polesitter Charles Leclerc could not start, sent him into the lead for the first time. Hamilton started and finished seventh but took a point for fastest lap.
Hamilton 101, Verstappen 105 (Verstappen +4) June 6 - AZERBAIJAN
Verstappen crashed out while leading when his rear left tyre blew at 300kph with five laps to go, an accident that halted the race. A mistake at the re-start sent Hamilton down an escape road and out of the points. Hamilton 101, Verstappen 105 (Verstappen +4)
June 20 - FRANCE A win and fastest lap for Verstappen, who started on pole but lost out to Hamilton at the start before regaining the lead at the first pit stops. He then made a second stop for fresh tyres and won with fastest lap. Hamilton was second.
Hamilton 119, Verstappen 131 (Verstappen +12) June 27 - STYRIA
July 4 - AUSTRIA Verstappen's third win in a row and 50th podium in F1. He won from pole, led every lap and took a bonus point for fastest lap. Hamilton started and finished fourth.
Hamilton 150, Verstappen 182 (Verstappen +32) July 18 - BRITAIN
Verstappen crashed out after colliding with Hamilton on the opening lap. Hamilton recovered from a 10-second penalty to pass Leclerc late on for a record eighth home win. Verstappen took three points from a Saturday sprint, Hamilton two. Hamilton 177, Verstappen 185 (Verstappen +8)
Hamilton 195, Verstappen 187 (Hamilton +8) Aug. 29 - BELGIUM
Hamilton 221.5, Verstappen 224.5 (Verstappen +3) Sept. 12 - ITALY
Hamilton 246.5, Verstappen 244.5 (Hamilton +2) Oct. 10 - TURKEY
Hamilton 275.5, Verstappen 287.5 (Verstappen +12) Nov. 7 - MEXICO
Verstappen, starting third, took his ninth win of the season after seizing the lead into the first corner. Hamilton was second. Mercedes had their lead slashed to one point. Hamilton 293.5, Verstappen 312.5 (Verstappen +19)
Hamilton 318.5, Verstappen 332.5 (Verstappen +14) Nov. 21 - QATAR
Hamilton led from pole to take his 102nd career victory. Verstappen started seventh, after a five-place grid penalty for a flag breach in qualifying, but ended up second. Hamilton 343.5, Verstappen 351.5 (Verstappen +8)
Dec. 5 - SAUDI ARABIA Hamilton's third win in a row after a night of chaos in Jeddah, with the lead changing between the two and the Briton running into the back of his Red Bull rival. The fastest lap for Hamilton, with Verstappen second, tied the scores.
Hamilton 369.5, Verstappen 369.5 (Verstappen 9-8 on wins)
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