Who wins the F1 championship if Hamilton and Verstappen end the season tied on points?

With very little to separate the two best drivers through the course of the season, Jeddah and Abu Dhabi will play host to two of the most monumental races of 2021.

Just eight points separate Red Bull driver Max Verstappen from Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, with the young Dutchman heading the list with 351.5 points.

Recent seasons have not seen such an intense battle at the top of the table, with Lewis Hamilton enjoying a monopoly of sorts.

While Verstappen is in front of Hamilton, recent momentum and a big engine update have ensured that the British Knight will fancy his chances of scripting a magnificent comeback.

You would be excused, therefore, if you don’t quite recall the rules in case the two drivers are tied on points come the final race.

Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton. Credits: planetf1.com

Will Verstappen be crowned F1’s newest champion or will Hamilton make history and become the first to reach the magical 8?

Who wins if they end tied on points?

The answer lies in the FIA regulations. The laws state that if two or more drivers are tied on points, the person with the highest number of wins through the course of the season is crowned champion.

Currently, Verstappen has nine wins to his name. Hamilton, meanwhile, has 7. If Hamilton wins the next two races, he will score more points than Verstappen outright.

A tie can only take place in a scenario where Hamilton wins 1 more race. In that case, Verstappen will still have more race wins than Hamilton and get the winner’s trophy.

Who do you think will land the decisive blow in the final two races? Let us know in the comments below!

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