Abu Dhabi (dpa) – The turbulent Corona emergency season of Formula 1 ends today in the beautiful world of Abu Dhabi (2.10 pm / RTL and Sky). Lewis Hamilton has long been known as a world champion, but things must still be exciting in the United Arab Emirates.
RETURN OF THE CHAMPION: Lewis Hamilton is at the final after just getting over the corona infection. However, the Mercedes star is not yet 100 percent fit. “I still have a strange feeling in my lungs,” said the 35-year-old Saturday: “Physically it will certainly not be the easiest race, but I will give everything I have.” The long-term winner will start the race from third on the grid – and with fond memories. Hamilton has already won five times in Abu Dhabi – more than any other driver.
Farewell to the EX-CHAMPION: Six years with many ups and downs at Ferrari ended for Sebastian Vettel in the United Arab Emirates. At the end of the worst year of his career, the 33-year-old does not find it difficult to say goodbye – from a sports point of view. The expectation for the new chapter from 2021 at Aston Martin is high. Nevertheless, the Hessian said, “I want to enjoy this ride and feel really close to the people in the garage. The mechanics, the engineers, everyone. It’s going to be very emotional.”
SPIELVERBERBER: For the first time since 2013, no Mercedes has gone from pole position to the Grand Prix. The Dutchman Max Verstappen raced forward in the Red Bull on Saturday. This is especially important in Abu Dhabi: for five years, the man with the best starting position has always been able to win. “We have a chance to win,” said Verstappen, who can create his second win of the season.
UNCERTAINTY: Some drivers will compete in the 17th race of the season for the last time in their top motorsport career. The future of Mexican Sergio Perez, who will be replaced by Vettel at Racing Point’s successor, is just as unclear as Alexander Albon’s at Red Bull or Daniil Kwjat at Alpha Tauri. Hamilton’s contract with Mercedes has not been extended after the end of the year. However, this must be done quickly during the winter break that starts on Monday.
END OF AN ERA: RTL’s Formula 1 broadcasts were just part of Michael Schumacher’s time in Germany. After 30 years, the Cologne broadcaster is now showing a Grand Prix for the last time, but the team around cult reporter Kai Ebel cannot even be there due to the Corona crisis. Starting next year, the races will only be seen on Sky. The pay-TV broadcaster won the award in the spring and received the exclusive rights.