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Formula One: Red lights, stop signs

Formula One

The GIST: An intense feud will finally be settled on Sunday. No, we’re not talking about Olivia Rodrigo and what’s his name, we’re talking about Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.

December 10, 2021
SOURCE: F1/TWITTER
SOURCE: F1/TWITTER

The GIST: An intense feud will finally be settled on Sunday. No, we’re not talking about Olivia Rodrigo and what’s his name, we’re talking about Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.

The context: Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (GP) is the final F1 race of the year, and Hamilton and Verstappen enter the weekend tied atop the Drivers’ World Championship standings.

  • For most of the season, it seemed like Verstappen would earn his first-ever title, but seven-time champ Hamilton recently rattled off three straight GP wins, giving us the first finale since 1974 in which two drivers are tied for first. TYSM.

The rivalry: To say things have been tense would be an understatement — they’ve hurled insults at each other all season. Most notably, Verstappen called Hamilton a “stupid idiot” during practice for the U.S. GP in October. Creative.

  • But their dissension goes beyond words. The drivers have combined for three penalties in the last three races and have collided on three separate occasions this year.

How to watch: The race begins Sunday at 8 a.m. ET (ESPN in the U.S., TSN in Canada), but it’ll be well worth the early wake-up call. And if you just can’t wait to see these two competitors go head-to-head, tune in to tomorrow’s qualifying race at 8 a.m. ET. Vroom, vroom.