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Max Verstappen

Jos Verstappen warns Hamilton: Max will do everything to win the title

With Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton arriving at the season-closing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on equal points, Jos Verstappen is expecting an exciting finale.

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Jos Verstappen believes that son Max Verstappen will do "everything" to beat Lewis Hamilton to the 2021 F1 World Championship.

The title battle between the pair took more twists and turns at the penultimate race of the season in Saudi Arabia, with Verstappen receiving a five-second time penalty after leaving the track whilst battling with Hamilton for the lead on Lap 37. This decision was labelled "unfair" by the Dutchman.

There was then another controversial incident when Verstappen appeared to try to cede position to Hamilton on the approach to Turn 27 following the illegal overtake. Hamilton was seemingly confused by the situation, though, and ended up tagging the back of the Red Bull as Verstappen slowed further.

Verstappen was later handed a 10-second time penalty for the clash, though this did not affect his finishing position of second. Meanwhile, Hamilton won the race, and this puts the pair on equal points heading into the final event of the season in Abu Dhabi.

"Max absolutely wants to win"

The latest run-in between the title rivals isn't the first of the season, with previous collisions having occurred at the British and Italian Grands Prix.

Following on from the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has expressed his fears that the championship could be decided by a crash.

Jos Verstappen, however, does not expect his son to push Hamilton off the track in order to win the title. He does, though, believe that the younger Verstappen will give it his all as he attempts to win what would be his first F1 World Championship.

"I don't think that will happen," Verstappen Snr told the Daily Mail newspaper, when asked if the Red Bull driver could "ram" Hamilton off the road.

"Max absolutely wants to win. He will definitely go for it. He will clearly try to beat him.

"He will do everything to get the win, that's for sure. It will be exciting."

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