RACE DEBRIEF

    The title will be decided this weekend as Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen enter the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix level on points. Who's favourite to win the final race of the season?

    188BET's odds are presented in decimal form: for every $1 wagered you would win the figure represented by the odds; so if Max Verstappen is favourite at 1.50, you would win $1.50 for every dollar bet.

    The odds for the win

    Last time out in Saudi Arabia, Lewis Hamilton took a hard-fought victory from pole position as Max Verstappen tried his hardest to fend the defending champion off, but to no avail.

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    This time out, Verstappen enters level on points with the Mercedes driver. But the Dutchman is also the winner of the 2020 Abu Dhabi GP, which saw Valtteri Bottas finish second and Hamilton third.

    However, other than Verstappen's 2020 win, Mercedes have won every Abu Dhabi GP since 2014. And the odds lean strongly in Hamilton's favour...

    • Lewis Hamilton 1.45
    • Max Verstappen 3.00
    • Valtteri Bottas 17.0
    • Sergio Perez 29.0
    • Charles Leclerc, Lando Norris 67.0
    • Carlos Sainz, Daniel Ricciardo, Pierre Gasly 101
    • Esteban Ocon, Fernando Alonso, Yuki Tsunoda 251
    • Antonio Giovinazzi, George Russell, Kimi Raikkonen, Lance Stroll, Mick Schumacher, Nicholas Latifi, Nikita Mazepin, Sebastian Vettel 601
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    Saudi Arabia saw Hamilton win a controversy-filled contest ahead of Verstappen

    The odds for who will be fastest in qualifying

    As we mentioned above, Hamilton was the polesitter in Saudi Arabia last weekend. However, Verstappen came mighty close, putting in a blistering lap right until the final corner, when he unfortunately locked up and hit the barrier.

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    Mercedes may have taken consecutive pole positions at Yas Marina Circuit from 2014-2019 but again, it was Verstappen who bucked the trend in 2020. Furthermore, the track has a new look for 2021's iteration of the Abu Dhabi GP.

    It could well be a wide-open contest when it comes to pole position, both title fighters pushing themselves incredibly hard. So who is favourite according to the odds?

    • Lewis Hamilton 1.72
    • Max Verstappen 3.00
    • Valtteri Bottas 5.00
    • Sergio Perez 29.0
    • Carlos Sainz Charles Leclerc, Pierre Gasly 81.0
    • Esteban Ocon, Fernando Alonso, Lando Norris, Yuki Tsunoda 101
    • Daniel Ricciardo 151
    • Sebastian Vettel 276
    • George Russell, Lance Stroll 501
    • Antonio Giovinazzi, Kimi Raikkonen, Mick Schumacher, Nicholas Latifi, Nikita Mazepin 601
    Onboard: Hamilton and Verstappen's Saudi qualifying laps compared

    The odds for a podium finish

    Thirteen different drivers have taken podium finishes this season but last time out in Saudi Arabia it was Hamilton, Verstappen and Bottas who made up the top three.

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    Alpine's Esteban Ocon very nearly took the final podium spot last weekend were it not for Bottas, who pulled ahead by 0.102s right at the chequered flag.

    However, in Abu Dhabi the podium hasn't seen a team outside of Red Bull, Mercedes or Ferrari since 2014 – when Williams drivers Felipe Massa and Bottas finished second and third respectively.

    Who's favourite for the podium this time around?

    • Lewis Hamilton 1.23
    • Max Verstappen 1.27
    • Valtteri Bottas 1.50
    • Sergio Perez 2.70
    • Charles Leclerc 5.00
    • Lando Norris 6.00
    • Carlos Sainz 7.00
    • Pierre Gasly 8.00
    • Daniel Ricciardo 11.0
    • Yuki Tsunoda 21.0
    • Esteban Ocon 26.0
    • Sebastian Vettel 41.0
    • George Russell, Lance Stroll 67.0
    • Antonio Giovinazzi, Kimi Raikkonen 151
    • Mick Schumacher, Nicholas Latifi, Nikita Mazepin 501
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    Verstappen took the spoils in the 2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

    The odds for fastest lap

    The fastest lap bonus point – awarded to the driver who sets the fastest lap of the race and finishes in the top 10 – has turned out to be decisive this season, Hamilton having clinched it on top of his win in Saudi Arabia to level the standings.

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    Although the scenario seems unlikely (stranger things have happened this season, mind) fastest lap could come into play this weekend once again to equal the standings, if Hamilton finishes ninth and Verstappen 10th with fastest lap.

    Other than the above, neither driver can use the bonus point to level the standings: this is a winner-takes-all situation.

    Who's favourite to take the bonus point in Abu Dhabi?

    • Lewis Hamilton 2.50
    • Max Verstappen 3.75
    • Valtteri Bottas 4.00
    • Sergio Perez 6.30
    • Carlos Sainz, Charles Leclerc, Pierre Gasly 34.0
    • Lando Norris, Yuki Tsunoda 41.0
    • Daniel Ricciardo 51.0
    • Fernando Alonso 67.0
    • Esteban Ocon, Sebastian Vettel 101
    • Lance Stroll 151
    • Antonio Giovinazzi, George Russell, Kimi Raikkonen, Lance Stroll, Mick Schumacher, Nicholas Latifi, Nikita Mazepin 251
    Lewis Hamilton takes DHL Fastest Lap at the 2021 Saudi Arabian GP

    What are the odds for which team will take the most points?

    Mercedes outscored Red Bull to open up a 28-point lead after the Saudi Arabian GP and now the Silver Arrows are favourites to win the constructors' championship. But are they favourites to take the most points in Abu Dhabi?

    • Mercedes 1.37
    • Red Bull 2.70
    • Ferrari, McLaren 41.0
    • AlphaTauri 67.0
    • Alpine 126
    • Aston Martin 251
    • Alfa Romeo, Haas, Williams 501

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    The odds for a Safety Car appearing during the race

    Saudi Arabia saw two Safety Car periods and we've now had deployments in half the Grands Prix this season. The Safety Car has been deployed in two of the last five Abu Dhabi Grands Prix, and all the odds point towards another appearing this weekend, although they're a lot narrower than in previous races.

    Yes 1.47
    No 2.50

    Odds supplied by 188BET – odds are in USD$ and timestamped December 8 2021, 1130 GMT.