Lewis Hamilton's 'natural ability is fantastic' says Button
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The FIA has announced 14 positive covid cases following the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix. The news comes just days before the ultimate Lewis Hamilton vs Max Verstappen title showdown in the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi.
An F1 statement said: “The FIA and F1 can today confirm that at the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, between Monday 29th November and Sunday 5th December, 7,501 tests for COVID-19 were performed on drivers, teams and personnel.
“Of these, 14 people tested positive”#AbuDhabiGP.”
The F1 world is still processing the chaotic events of the inaugural grand prix in Saudi Arabia, with Hamilton coming out on top to win his third straight race and move level on points with Verstappen in the drivers’ standings.
The Dutchman was handed a 10-second penalty for causing collisions with the Briton in a controversial race.
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The two penalty points Verstappen received on top of his time sanction totalled his tally to seven over the season.
The 24-year-old was summoned to the stewards after the race along with Hamilton after the duo came together on lap 37 of the race.
The Red Bull driver had been ordered to give first place back to the Mercedes racer, but as the Dutchman slowed down and braked suddenly, Hamilton slammed into the back of his car.
The seven-time world champion accused Verstappen of “brake testing” him as he ran into the back of the Red Bull.
The incident was quickly under investigation, with Verstappen allowing Hamilton to pass on track, before immediately taking it back.
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.
“Constructors, we’re on the back foot, we need a miracle to win that. We’ve got one more shot to have a go at winning this [driver’s] title with Max.
“We’ll do everything we can. We’ll prepare, we’ll regroup and the guys are not down, they can be proud of what they’ve achieved and the effort that’s gone in. We’ll see.”
The Abu Dhabi GP will take place at the usual venue of the Yas Marina Circuit on Sunday Decemebr 12 and will begin at 1pm (GMT).
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