Lewis Hamilton tries to get the upper hand on his F1 rival Max Verstappen by taking a ride around the revamped Abu Dhabi circuit on his scooter… as the pair continue their preparations for a title-defining final weekend
- Lewis Hamilton was pictured checking out the Abu Dhabi circuit on his scooter
- The British F1 driver previously referred to race walks as a ‘pointless exercise’
- Hamilton previously that he would prefer to ‘keep his energy’ for the event itself
- Hamilton arrived at the Abu Dhabi circuit at 9am and spoke with his mechanics
- However, Max Verstappen turned up hours later and took an evening stroll
Lewis Hamilton has been pictured checking out the Abu Dhabi circuit on his scooter ahead of this weekend’s title-defining final race with Max Verstappen.
Hamilton previously referred to race walks as a ‘pointless exercise’ given the fact the bends ‘look different when you approach them at high speed’. The British driver also said that he would prefer to ‘keep his energy’ for the event itself.
However, Hamilton – who is currently level on points with Verstappen – went back on his word and took a look around the Abu Dhabi circuit ahead of the Yas Marina showdown this weekend.
Lewis Hamilton has been pictured checking out the Abu Dhabi circuit on his scooter (above)
He arrived at the track at 9am local time and spent hours sitting with the Mercedes mechanics
Hamilton then went out to take a rare look around the track ahead of this weekend’s race
According to Sky Sports, Hamilton arrived at the track at 9am local time and spent hours sitting with the Mercedes mechanics before venturing out onto the track.
Whereas Verstappen – who once said he couldn’t be bothered track walks and that would rather spend the time in bed – arrived hours later and took an evening stroll around the course.
Speaking previously about race walks, Hamilton said: ‘I used to walk the track when I was younger, but what I discovered was that, for me, it was a pointless exercise. It’s a lot different when you approach it at high speed.
Whereas Verstappen – who once said he couldn’t be bothered track walks and that would rather spend the time in bed – arrived hours later and took an evening stroll around the course
‘What I found was that it was just wasted energy. So my weekend is all about keeping energy and maintaining it so I can do the job’.
It is clear that Hamilton is focused ahead of this weekend’s showdown – given the fact he and Verstappen head into the race level on points after a season of thrilling battles.
The leader of the F1 title race has changed five times over the past nine months, however, Verstappen officially holds the lead as he has won nine wins to Hamilton’s eight.
Both drivers were in a press conference together before the winner-takes-all Abu Dhabi GP
Verstappen (above) avoided the topic of a title-defining crash with Hamilton this weekend
Should the pair end level on points at the end of Sunday’s encounter, the title will be handed to the Dutchman.
Formula One race director Michael Masi told Sportsmail in an exclusive interview this week that penalties will be handed out if either driver looks to steal an unfair advantage this weekend, but Verstappen has snubbed those claims.
In a tense press conference next to rival Hamilton on Thursday, Verstappen spoke of a potential crash: ‘As a driver you don’t think about these things. You try to do the best you can and win as a team.
‘The media things about these things but I try to be the best prepared. I am trying to win this weekend. I’m not really thinking about that (the crash).
The pair have collided in several races this season, including a terrifying crash in Italy (above)
Hamilton (right) also ran into the back of Verstappen (left) in last weekend’s Saudi Arabian GP
‘I know what’s in the sporting code. No-one needs to be reminded of that. There’s nothing newly added for this weekend.’
As part of the foundations of their rivalry this season, Hamilton and Verstappen have collided several times – including a terrifying crash that saw the Dutchman’s Red Bull car flip onto the Briton’s head at the Italian Grand Prix which saw them both DNF.
The pair also collided at 180mph on opening lap of British Grand Prix at Silverstone’s Copse corner that saw Verstappen crash out of the race leaving Hamilton to go on and win.
The Mercedes man also went into the back of Verstappen in Saudi Arabia last week, with the Dutchman accused of brake testing his rival.
Hamilton also addressed the topic of a potential crash this weekend, claiming he hopes the stewards are not called upon at the newly-renovated Yas Marina Circuit.
Verstappen (left) is looking for his first F1 title, while Hamilton is searching for number eight
‘I just don’t give it any energy,’ Hamilton jibed in the same press conference. ‘I’m here to do the best job I can.
‘We never thought we would be neck and neck in the last race. It’s been an amazing recovery as a team. We go full steam ahead with the same focus. We don’t focus our energy on things we can’t control.
‘Hopefully they (the stewards) won’t need to be used. Hopefully we have a great race and move forwards. I don’t want to see the stewards any more than they see me.’
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