OLIVER HOLT: Hamilton and Verstappen’s battle for the title has breathed new life into F1 but a finale like this carries with it the potential for disaster – like Schumacher in 94, the Dutchman will be well aware that if neither finishes, the trophy is his

There is a corner in a quiet part of Adelaide at the junction of East Terrace and Flinders Street that I always made a point of visiting when I was in the city for the Ashes. Schumacher, to much dismay, was exonerated from blame and won the title. This will not be the first time that title contenders have gone into the final race level on points. Bitter struggles like the one between Hamilton and Verstappen carry with them the potential for disaster. And Verstappen knows, as Schumacher did, that if neither he nor Hamilton finishes in Abu Dhabi, then Verstappen will win the title. Whether history, as well as his numbers, will judge Hamilton as the G.O.A.T. Hamilton is indisputably the greatest driver of his generation but is he greater than Fangio or Clark or Senna or Schumacher?

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