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Wolff predicts Abu Dhabi showdown

The Formula One Drivers World Championship will not be decided until the final race of the season according to Mercedes F1 Executive Director Toto Wolff.

The Mercedes boss has already seen many twists and turns during his teams dominant 2014 season.

From a teams point of view the constructors title is the championship to win and Mercedes have virtually already got that title wrapped up.

Mercedes are currently leading the championship with 366 points from the opening ten races.

With nine races to go Red Bull Racing are second 178 points adrift.

It's going to take something very dramatic for that lead to diminish.

But in the drivers championship the lead at the top between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton is just 14 points.

Rosberg has led the championship following every round bar one thus far this season, despite Hamilton winning more races.

Rosberg's lead is partly down to only suffering one DNF this season whilst his team-mate has suffered two.

“I think retirements are going to play a crucial role, but the racing between the two is so close I would be very surprised if it wouldn’t come down to Abu Dhabi to the very famous double points,” Wolff told Sky Sports.

The current 14 points lead for Rosberg could be overturned with two race victories for Hamilton, or just one if Rosberg was to suffer a mechanical issue.

So with the title chase so close Wolff believes the excitement is set to run and run.

“Even if you are behind 30 points you can turn it around in Abu Dhabi if the leading guy retires.

“I don’t think it’s fair and I don’t think we should have done it but the reason was that the commercial rights holder [Bernie Ecclestone], who sells the sponsorship and cares about TV audience, said we need to keep the excitement until the end, until the last race – and it looks like he was right,

“The last race could be the decisive one and I would be very much surprised if the audiences wouldn’t be up much than they would normally be.”








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Date:Wednesday July 23 2014

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