How new tracks will impact the Verstappen-Hamilton F1 title fight
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How new tracks will impact the Verstappen-Hamilton F1 title fight

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OPINION: For the first time since the mid-1980s, Formula 1 is closing out a season with two new races in a championship’s pivotal final three. Add in the changes at the Abu Dhabi finale and Mercedes and Red Bull suddenly have plenty of additional hurdles to cover before one finally triumphs in 2021’s thrilling title fight.

This time one year ago, a virtuoso performance from Lewis Hamilton sealed his seventh Formula 1 world title. In 2021, his most recent stunning victory in last weekend’s Sao Paulo Grand Prix – surely only vying with Silverstone 2008 as his best ever so far – kept his title battle with Max Verstappen close.

Back in 2020, F1 was leaving Turkey ahead of a triple-header in the Middle East to close out its pandemic-altered schedule.

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