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If Max Verstappen beat Lewis Hamilton to win the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship, the late Stirling Moss would reclaim a title.

This is perhaps one of the strangest pieces of information to note ahead of the final two-race stretch of the hot battle of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship, but it’s surely something to watch out for.

With 20 of 22 races on the schedule this year, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen holds a slim eight-point lead over Mercedes’s Lewis Hamilton in the F1 drivers’ standings.

Verstappen’s lead reached 33 points – and recently 21 points – but Hamilton managed to narrow it down, thanks in large part to back-to-back wins ahead of Sunday’s inaugural Saudi Grand Prix at Jeddah Street. Circuit.

Despite this eight-point deficit, WynnBET classifies Hamilton (-165) as the small favorite to win the title against Verstappen (+120).

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The season is scheduled to end with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit on Sunday, December 12.

Verstappen entered the 2021 season without finishing higher than third in the drivers’ standings in the previous six seasons of F1 competition.

But no matter what happens over the next two weekends, he is sure to record his very first top two in points in a career year that has seen him win nine races so far.

At the start of the year, Verstappen had 10 career wins and his career-high single-season winning tally was three for the 2019 season. His nine-game winning season propelled him to 17th place. on the all-time winning list with 19 wins.

But this is where things get even more interesting from a historical perspective.

With 10 wins, Verstappen entered the 2021 season tied for sixth on the all-time winning list among drivers who had never won a world championship. He was tied with Ronnie Peterson and Gerhard Berger.

It didn’t take long for him to pass Peterson and Berger, as well as Felipe Massa and Rubens Barrichello (both 11), Carlos Reutemann (12) and David Coulthard (13).

With his seventh win of the season in his home race, the Dutch Grand Prix, at the Zandvoort circuit, he passed Stirling Moss to break the all-time record.

Moss, who is widely regarded as the greatest driver to ever win a Formula 1 World Championship, has achieved 16 victories throughout his career.

Verstappen now holds that record with 19. But if he is able to hold back Hamilton, that total would effectively evaporate, and Moss would reclaim the title of the most victorious non-champion in Formula 1 history.

Apart from Verstappen, only two other active non-champions have more than two wins: Valtteri Bottas (10) and Daniel Ricciardo (8).

Will Verstappen hang on to win what would be his first career Formula 1 World Championship over the next two weekends, or will Hamilton win a record-breaking eighth world title to ensure Verstappen retains his place ahead of Moss as the most victorious non-champion of all time for at least a year?

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