Lewis Hamilton or Max Verstappen – Who Will Win the Title if They Have the Same Points at the End of the Season?

Published 11/23/2021, 5:19 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 31, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton bumps fists with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after qualifying in pole position and third place respectively Pool via REUTERS/David W Cerny


The title fight between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen is getting intense with every race. The gap between the two title contenders is just eight points. The Red Bull driver has 351.5 points, while Britain’s Knight has 343.5 points.

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However, many have wondered, if both have equal points at the end of the season, who will be crowned the world champion? Will it be Verstappen, or the Mercedes driver?

Who will win the title if Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton have equal points?

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The title rivals have been pushing each other to the limit so far this season; both have led the drivers’ championship, but with just two more races to go, who will come out on top?

If both were to have equal points at the end of the season, who will be given the title? According to the FIA regulations, if the points are equal at the end of the season, the driver with the most wins will be crowned champion.

Formula One F1 – Mexico City Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – November 7, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates on the podium after winning the race with second placed Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

So technically, if both Verstappen and Hamilton do have the same points after the final race in Abu Dhabi; it would be the Dutch driver who will take home his first title as he has nine wins to his name so far this season.

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Max is aware that the next two races are the most important

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At the recent Qatar Grand Prix, Hamilton defeated Verstappen to take the chequered flag. This result saw the gap between them fall from fourteen to just eight points. With the final two races coming up, the Red Bull prodigy is well aware of the challenges that lie ahead.

He said, “We just need to try and stay focused and there are two races to go and as you can see a lot of things can happen. Anything is possible. I feel good. It’s going to be a tight battle to the end. I know it’s going to be difficult to the end, but I think that’s nice – it keeps it exciting.”

Formula One F1 – Brazilian Grand Prix – Jose Carlos Pace Circuit, Sao Paulo, Brazil – November 14, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

With the next race coming up in Saudi Arabia, what is your prediction for the next chapter in the Hamilton-Verstappen rivalry? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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