FIA confirm 14 positive Covid cases days before Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen shootout

The stewards handed the driver a five-second time penalty for an earlier incident and Hamilton went on to win the race with the Dutchman crossing the line in second.

Now with this epic season drawing to a close, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says they need a ‘miracle’ if they are to defeat the Silver Arrows on Sunday.

Mercedes are on 587.5 points with Red Bull second on 559.5. As a result the Silver Arrows need just 17 points next weekend in the final race of the season to make sure of an eighth straight team title.

He said: “To be honest Abu Dhabi, they’ve changed again so it’s another variant to the circuit. We’re going to come out of this weekend and go to Abu Dhabi tied on the world championship, leading by the virtue of race wins.

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