It's been a long time since we had a bitter, brutal championship fight.
Even the 2016 war between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg didn't reach the dramatic peaks Max Verstappen has bought to the World Drivers' Championship struggle.
He and Hamilton have traded wins all season and arrive at the final race of the season tied on points. To see just what might happen on Sunday, Codemasters has used the awesome F1 2021 to simulate the final race and see just who will come out on top.
Max vs Lewis
The fight really started at the end of 2020, when Max romped to victory at Abu Dhabi and seemingly threw the gauntlet down for the 2021 season.
That came to fruition right away in Bahrain, and has continued through two dramatic crashes between them in Silverstone and Monza.
Coming into the last race of a 22 Grand Prix season tied on points is an unprecedented scenario, so Codemasters has taken to the awesome F1 2021 to see just who will come out on top.
"Max and Lewis have provided some of the most dramatic racing ever witnessed in Formula 1. We couldn't have wished for a better end to the season, and now it comes down to one final showdown for the title,” said Paul Jeal, F1 Senior Franchise Director at Codemasters. "F1 2021 allows players to compete as their racing heroes, and we encourage everyone to share their Abu Dhabi race highlights with our social channels before lights-out this Sunday.”
So, who won?
After taking pole position in qualifying, Max got off to the perfect start under the Abu Dhabi lights on Sunday, establishing a solid lead within the first few laps.
Leaving everything on the track, Hamilton pushed all the way, but with few opportunities to overtake, saw the hopes of his record-breaking eighth World Championship fade. Mercedes had some consolation as the team secured an eight-consecutive Constructors title.
So there you have it. Max will win. Or will he? We'll have to wait until Sunday to find out.
F1 Esports 2021 final
If you thought 2 drivers battling for the title to the very end was amazing, what about three?
That's the scenario going into the final 3 races of an epic F1 Esports season. Defending champion Jarno Opmeer is atop the standings, but only 5 points clear of Aston Martin's Lucas Blakeley, who is in his first title fight. Just 8 points off Opmeer is Red Bull's Frede Rasmussen, who has finished runner-up in the title battle the last two seasons.