Will Verstappen REALLY ram Hamilton off the road? Max will do everything he can to win, says his father

Max Verstappen ‘will do ANYTHING to take the win’, says his father Jos for fear that Dutchman will ram Lewis Hamilton off the road to ensure he is crowned world champion at Sunday’s F1 season finale in Abu Dhabi

  • Rivals Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton to face each other in Abu Dhabi
  • Two best drivers in motorsport are tied for points heading into the final race
  • Dutchman wins title on race wins if neither would finish on Sunday


How far below the belt the fists of this extraordinary world championship will drop, we will find out here on Sunday at the conclusion of 22 rounds in Abu Dhabi.

There are more than a few uncertainties that make us swallow in anticipation, but the one that gets on the nerves is whether Max Verstappen will ram Lewis Hamilton off the road.

After Sunday’s toxic and chaotic race in Saudi Arabia, won by Hamilton with Verstappen in second place, the two best drivers in motorsport are tied on points, although the Dutchman is ahead 9-8 in race wins . If neither of them finished the twilight-into-night road race in Yas Marina, Verstappen would win his first title on countback.

Rivals Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton face each other on Sunday in Abu Dhabi

Red Bull ace Verstappen with his father Jos in the paddock at the Grand Prix of Qatar last month

Red Bull ace Verstappen with his father Jos in the paddock at the Grand Prix of Qatar last month

No one in the Verstappen camp is naive enough to cough up the possible depths they would reach to achieve their dream, but I still pose the most nagging question of the decisive week to the young pretender’s father, Jos.

“When it came down to it, would Max ram Lewis off the road?” I asked.

“I don’t think that’s going to happen,” said the 49-year-old, himself an exuberant driver in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Hamilton (rear) crashed into the back of Verstappen (front) during Sunday's race

Hamilton (rear) crashed into the back of Verstappen (front) during Sunday’s race

Max definitely wants to win. He will definitely go for it. He will obviously try to beat him. He will do everything in his power to take the win, that’s for sure. It’s getting exciting.’

The expression that resounds is ‘do anything to win’. Make it what you want. If Verstappen were to use the option only open to the man who has the advantage, no penalty ban from the world championship itself would stop him from claiming his first title.

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

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

Hamilton fell behind 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 game in those days, calculating life and death in every move, and sharp practice earned a swift rebuke from their brave brethren.

This is the most toxic title fight I’ve covered for this paper, well, at least since 2007. That was a sordid affair with Hamilton going up against Fernando Alonso in the same McLaren, the young contender against the two-time and reigning world champion.

‘Spygate’, McLaren’s illegal possession of 720 pages of Ferrari technical secrets, cast a dark shadow over it. Alonso, who was paranoid and had reasons enough to indulge in such neurosis through what he perceived as internal favoritism towards his new teammate, threatened to tell the FIA ​​all about the spy trick unless he was given outright No. 1 status. much to the chagrin of his team boss Ron Dennis.

Hamilton won the first-ever Saudi Arabian Grand Prix ahead of Verstappen (back)

Hamilton won the first-ever Saudi Arabian Grand Prix ahead of Verstappen (back)

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

For Verstappen there is significantly less to lose. But there is still much to be subjective about. He would always be said that Verstappen was a trier Hamilton could never beat.

The mathematical, logical advantage lies with Verstappen, but only especially when he presses the button with the ‘N’ for Nuclear.

TITLE FINAL: Sunday 1:00 PM, Abu Dhabi. LIVE on Sky Sports F1.

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