Will Max Verstappen Snatch Top Spot From Lewis Hamilton In the F1 2021 Driver Ratings Following Stunning Title Victory?

Published 12/14/2021, 2:33 PM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates winning the race and the world championship with the Netherlands flag on the podium as Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton looks dejected after finishing second REUTERS/Rula Rouhana


Formula One’s 2021 season has been outrageous with the championship title up for grabs until the very last second. Quite literally, in fact! As many are aware, Red Bull’s prodigy, Max Verstappen, finally put an end to Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton’s four-year win streak on Sunday, winning the final race, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and clinching the victory.

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Although the reel-life version, F1 2021 (video game), recently received an update that saw significant changes, and fans and players cannot wait for the developers to announce the next patch. And rightly so. Given Max Verstappen’s awe-striking win, the possibility of the Red Bull driver leapfrogging the newly knighted English driver in the video game is not a long shot.

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Max Verstappen or Lewis Hamilton – Who do the devs have in mind to be the highest-rated driver in the game?

Update 1.14 was one of the biggest patches since the games’ release. While it majorly focussed on Formula 2’s 2021 season, it also brought forth some fresh changes in driver ratings.

To summarize the driver’s performance changes in a jiff, Red Bull & Ferrari showed positive signs. On the other hand, Pierre Gasly, Valterri Bottas, and Lance Stroll received downgrades.

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As for the two leading competitors, as per the current version, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton continues to have the edge over his Dutch rival. By just a +1 in the overall ratings. However, Verstappen leads or is equal in every other attribute barring “Experience,” which is understandable. But that might not be the case for long, given the conclusion of the season, which some regard as “controversial.”

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The developers, Codemasters, and the publishers, Electronic Arts, are known for their frequent patches to emulate the live forms of the athletes in-game. And fans are extremely keen to know what the authorities have in mind for the next update of the Best Sports/Racing Game of the year nominee at The Game Awards 2021.

Max Verstappen’s Maiden F1 title clinch in the last lap, handed Lewis Hamilton the second spot in the overall 2021 season standings alongside his teammate, Valterri Bottas.

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How do you think the overall and Abu Dhabi standings will affect the in-game form of drivers? Let us know in the comments down below.

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Tanay Grover

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Tanay Grover, an eSports writer for EssentiallySports, is currently pursuing a degree in technology. Before finding his way into the world of eSports, he worked on Social Media management. An enthusiastic soccer player who never played any other game except FIFA, he found his calling when he started playing Valorant and Pokemon GO.

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