A change to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix could help Lewis Hamilton in his battle with Max Verstappen.
Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen are preparing for the 2021 Formula One season's final showdown in Abu Dhabi, which will determine who will be crowned world champion.
After a thrilling season in which the momentum has swung back and forth between the two drivers, they will enter the final Grand Prix tied on 369.5 points.
Hamilton, a seven-time world champion, enters the race on a high note after winning the action-packed Saudi Arabian Grand Prix last weekend.
Despite the fact that Verstappen, 24, won in Abu Dhabi last year, changes to the track this year may play into the hands of his British rival come qualifying and race day.
Since its inception in 2009, the Yas Marina Circuit has hosted the season's final race on seven occasions.
Hamilton has won more races at the track than any other driver (five) and could benefit even more from changes to make it faster.
The north hairpin (Turn-7), the south marina (beginning at Turn-11), and the hotel section (beginning at Turn-17) are the three main areas that have been redesigned from previous years.
The changes have resulted in the track offering huge sweeping turns rather than the hard-braking corners it previously offered.
This will help drivers when overtaking, which has been a problem at the track in the past.
Because only one previous winner has not started on the front row, qualifying is expected to play a significant role in determining the race winner and thus the championship.
Nonetheless, both drivers are expected to push themselves to their limits as Hamilton seeks a record-extending eighth championship and Verstappen seeks his first.