The F1 title is decided in the battle between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton ahead of the final two races.


The F1 title is decided in the battle between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton ahead of the final two races.

Ralf Schumacher, a former Formula One racer, weighs in ahead of the 2021 season finale.

Despite leading the driver standings by eight points heading into the final two races of the season, former F1 driver Ralf Schumacher believes Max Verstappen has “no chance” against Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton.

With a season that has ebbed and flowed between the two, Verstappen had pulled ahead in the latter half of the year, but has been met with a barrier once again, with Hamilton’s dominance outpacing the Red Bull in recent races.

With two races remaining, the seven-time world champion has fought back with a vengeance in Brazil and Qatar, cutting a 23-point advantage to just eight points.

However, questions have been raised regarding Mercedes’ performance in both races, with Red Bull claiming that the team is breaking the rules to win.

Hamilton was disqualified before of the sprint race in Brazil due to a mechanical issue with his rear wing. Despite having previously received a five-place grid penalty for another engine change, the seven-time world champion sped past Verstappen to win at Interlagos.

He told Sky Deutschland, “We have seen again here [in Qatar]that Mercedes is quick enough and does not need to cheat.”

“I don’t believe any team is deliberately breaking the rules. When you go close to the edge, something always goes wrong, and you end up in the grey zone.” In Saudi Arabia, Verstappen is mathematically the only driver who can win the world championship, but the season might come down to the last race in Abu Dhabi.

With Mercedes’ revival, Schumacher believes Hamilton has a better chance of winning the championship.

“Right now, the Mercedes is the more stable package,” he remarked.

“Max gives his all and demonstrates his abilities. However, under normal circumstances, he has no chance. Maybe he’ll get the break he’s been looking for.

“If he had that at the start of the season, he might be World Champion right now.”

Mercedes was taken aback by Hamilton’s triumph in Qatar, with trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin revealing that they were astounded by his speed.

“Yes, the margin. We assumed we’d do well here, but this was the “Brinkwire Summary News” track.


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