The Formula One season will come to an end with the final race of the season -- Abu Dhabi Grand Prix -- set to take shape on Sunday. The F1 title will also be decided in Abu Dhabi with Nico Rosberg huge favourite with a 12-point lead, but his Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton has been pushing him to the hilt in the last few races, winning all three.
However, in the final race of the season, it is not in the hands of Hamilton alone. Even if Hamilton wins the race, he might finish second in the title race if Rosberg finishes second or third in Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The odds are stacked against Hamilton, but who knows, if there is a dramatic twist in the tale.
Hamilton believes he has 'no choice' if he wins the race, but Rosberg clinches the F1 title by finishing in the podium.
"For me I guess I have no choice. Ultimately I came here to drive like I have been and I've always said, if I've performed at my best in these races and I can leave here knowing that I gave it everything and I performed at my best, then I can walk away being proud. Obviously had other things come in the way but managed to battle through all the different types of adversity that I've faced this year and I'm really proud of it," Formula One's official website quoted Hamilton as saying.
There is a huge chance that Rosberg will finish in the top three in Abu Dhabi if we are to look at his performances this season, finishing in the podium in 15 of the 20 races, and that is something called consistency from the German, which has helped him come to such a strong position in the F1 title race. Rosberg is quite pleased with his performances during the season.
"I'm fighting for the championship at the last race. I'm sure it (consistency) has been one of the key ingredients. In general, yeah, I'm proud of the season, proud of the season I've been able to do until now. It's been a great year, my best so far but one race to go so let's see," Rosberg said.
The battle for the title will always take centre stage, but other drivers like Daniel Ricciardo, Kimi Raikkonen, Sebastian Vettel will hope for a strong finish to the season.
Where to watch live
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is scheduled for 5 pm local time (6:30 pm IST, 1 pm GMT)
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