Max Verstappen's car to get 'risky update' for Lewis Hamilton duel in bold Red Bull U-turn

Max Verstappen’s car will receive a fresh update ahead of this weekend’s title showdown with Lewis Hamilton at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, according to reports. The Red Bull man is currently level on points with his Mercedes rival in the Drivers’ Championship standings and will be desperate to secure the honours by finishing higher up the order than the Brit on Sunday.

Hamilton emerged as the winner of last weekend’s race in Saudi Arabia to put himself on level terms with Verstappen ahead of the upcoming season finale at the Yas Marina Circuit.

The defending champion took the chequered flag despite crashing into the back of his rival and damaging his front wing in a bizarre and controversial incident with 13 laps remaining.

Verstappen was later awarded a 10-second penalty for causing a collision but managed to keep hold of his second-placed finish ahead of Valtteri Bottas in third.

The Dutchman has fallen short to Hamilton in each of their last three outings but will be determined to fight back and deliver with the stakes at their highest on Sunday.

Red Bull are likely to hand Verstappen a new update to aid his hopes of a maiden Drivers’ Championship triumph over Hamilton, according to Auto Motor und Sport.

The report claims that Sergio Perez tried a small adjustment to the floor of his car in Saudi Arabia, with Verstappen set to receive the same treatment at the next time of asking.


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