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Hamilton set for a fight in Abu Dhabi

For months, many in the British media have been tipping Lewis Hamilton for Formula 1 glory, while at the same time asking for Max Verstappen to be sanctioned at every turn.

It's true that Verstappen deserved his punishment for what went on in Brazil and Saudi Arabia, but going into the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Autosport's open letter to the Dutchman asking him not to crash this time around is a step too far.

British news station Sky Sports also featured one of his crashes in their new Christmas advertisement, which has since been taken down after complaints from the Red Bull team.

This time around, however, it could be Hamilton that is asked not to crash, with Verstappen starting the race in Yas Marina in pole position, with the Englishman starting behind him.

The Red Bull star will be keen to open up a gap between the two as quickly as he can.

Sergio Perez effect

Hamilton is also under threat from Red Bull's Sergio Perez, who has already played a big part in his teammate securing pole and could be decisive in this Sunday's race.

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Red Bull executed their plan perfectly in Q3 yesterday, with Perez giving Verstappen a perfect slipstream between turns eight and nine, which led to a half-second advantage over Hamilton.

They'll be looking for similar teamwork this Sunday if they're to achieve glory in Abu Dhabi.

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