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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2021

Alesi exclusive: F1 title fight has become a lottery

The championship battle between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen will reach its conclusion at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. In an exclusive interview with RacingNews365.com, former F1 driver Jean Alesi reveals why he thinks the title could go either way.

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Jean Alesi believes that the 2021 F1 title fight has become like a "lottery" given how evenly matched the contenders are.

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen go into the season-closing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on equal points following on from their battle during the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, a race that saw Hamilton win and Verstappen hold onto second despite receiving two time penalties.

Alesi enjoyed seeing the fight between the two continue to play out in Jeddah, and believes it highlights how exciting the duel has been throughout the year.

"What an amazing battle we saw between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen," Alesi said in an exclusive interview with RacingNews365.com.

"The race in Saudi Arabia is for me exemplary for this whole season. It is in fact a great season in Formula 1 and this is exactly how F1 should be."

"No way" of predicting who will win

Despite some controversy over some of the decisions made during the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix - which have been defended by F1's Managing Director, Ross Brawn - Alesi says he has faith in how the title battle is being managed.

"A lot has happened and therefore the race management has had to make some decisions, and you have to have faith in the decisions they have made," the former F1 driver explained.

"The best thing to take away from Jeddah is that both drivers have a good car and they both drove on the limit. Both drivers therefore deserve all the compliments."

However, when it comes to predicting who might clinch the title, Alesi believes it is impossible to say.

He added: "As a result, the championship has now become a lottery. There is absolutely no way of predicting who will win the title on Sunday and that is exactly the scenario you want to see at the last race of the year.

"After all, it could be like the weekend in Saudi Arabia, that one goes well in qualifying and the other goes well in the race. That makes this season totally unpredictable and that's why I don't dare put my money on either driver."

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