Lewis Hamilton’s fight to retain Formula 1 title on knife edge

Lewis Hamilton’s fight back in the 2021 Formula 1 Grand Prix has left the championship on a knife-edge heading into the final two races of the season.

In the Qatar race, Hamilton reduced his deficit to leader Max Verstappen of Red Bull to eight points.

Lewis Hamilton has been on the back foot for much of the 2021 season and has never been in a comfortable position to take the fight to Max Verstappen until the last few races.

Despite an eighth title very much been within Hamilton’s grasp, the advantage still lies with Verstappen, who is driving superbly.

In the last race in Qatar, Verstappen fought back from a five-place grid penalty to finish second which means he can clinch his first championship of his Formula 1 career in Saudi Arabia if results go his way.

In Saudi Arabia, Verstappen need to win and clinch the fastest lap to clinch the title while Hamilton would need to finish fifth to keep the championship alive.

If Hamilton finish second behind Verstappen, the dutchman would head to the final race in Abu Dhabi with a lead that realistically could not be overturned unless he hit trouble.

But a win for Hamilton in Saudi Arabia with Verstappen second would set up a winner-takes-all showdown at Yas Marina.