Live updates as Verstappen and Hamilton’s epic battle reaches dramatic showdown

After 21 races, the enthralling F1 title race between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen comes down to this.

The lead has changes no fewer than five times throughout the season, with plenty of twists, turns, feuds, crashes and no small amount of drama as two brilliant racers exchanged blows.

And yet, after all that, they are exactly level on points heading into this Sunday showdown in Abu Dhabi.

A new-look Yas Marina Circuit plays host to what is set to be one of the most exciting climaxes to an F1 season in recent memory.

Hamilton is looking to make history with his eighth world crown – an unmatched total – while Verstappen wants to secure his maiden title.

Only one of them will get their wish, though, and the man who finishes ahead of the other will be the one who goes home with the trophy and the glory.

And considering how heated this rivalry has become, there is potential for fireworks and possibly even a title-deciding crash in this final race of 2021.

Whatever happens in Abu Dhabi, Mirror Sport will keep you in the loop with our live updates below:

One driver down already…

There will only be 19 cars starting this race, after the early withdrawal of one of the racers.

Haas driver Nikita Mazepin has tested positive for Covid-19, and so cannot take part in proceedings this afternoon.

And his team cannot field a replacement driver as that would go against FIA rules.

Read the full story HERE.

Some pre-race odds

No-one can say with any real certainty who is going to come out on top in the driver's standings today, and that's reflected in the odds below!

2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix odds with Grosvenor Sport

Race winner

Evens Lewis Hamilton

11/10 Max Verstappen

20/1 Sergio Perez

25/1 Valtteri Bottas 28/1 Lando Norris

80/1 bar

To make the podium

1/4 Lewis Hamilton

1/4 Max Verstapen

Evens Sergio Perez

13/10 Valtteri Bottas 2/1 Lando Norris

6/1 Carlos Sainz Jr

10/1 Charles Leclerc

12/1 Daniel Ricciardo

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