Lewis Hamilton is fighting Max Verstappen for the Formula 1 world title, and his situation could be affected by a possible penalty at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. After the recent testing, the Mercedes driver should be on the alert.

Łukasz Kuczera

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Lewis Hamilton’s chances of defending his title may be diminished if he receives a penalty at the net. This time it’s not about replacing another engine in Mercedes this season, but about the 36-year-old’s behavior on the right track.

After British driver Nikita Mazepin was banned from training in Saudi Arabia, he was reprimanded by judges. The 36-year-old looked at him and was given some relief by the judges. Suffice it to say that the young Russian had to stop repeatedly on the elevated curb to avoid hitting Hamilton.

That’s just for the Briton it was his second reprimand this season. Earlier, he received a warning from judges in Mexico about his dangerous return to the track.

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Collecting the third reprimand results in an automatic penalty in the form of moving the starting grid in ten positions. You can get this kind of reprimand not only for your behavior on the right track, but also off it.

Whatever it takes for Hamilton to miss the national anthem ahead of the Abu Dhabi World Grand Prix, or not take off the #NoRacism shirt worn by Formula 1 drivers before the official ceremony, will be reprimanded for everything. This will get him in big trouble. Such situations happen, and the best proof of this is this year’s Hungarian Grand Prix, where many drivers did not take off their shirts for the national anthem on time.

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Lewis Hamilton currently has the same number of points as Max Verstappen. If the Briton finishes the race ahead of the Dutchman on Sunday, he will become Formula 1 world champion for the eighth time in his career. Then she will set an absolute record for the queen of motorsports.

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