sport news How F1 title rivals Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton have fared in their final ...

sport news How F1 title rivals Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton have fared in their final ...
sport news How F1 title rivals Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton have fared in their final ...

The perennial champion against the young and ambitious pretender, this Formula One title race belongs in the uttermost traditional chronicles of sporting rivalries. 

After Max Verstappen threatened to run away with the Championship race, back came Lewis Hamilton with a thrilling win at Silverstone in July to propel him towards the top. Now the pair keep swapping top spot in the Drivers' Championships on a weekly basis. 

It is now Red Bull's Verstappen who leads the way with a marginal three-point lead over Hamilton at the top of the overall standings, following his victory at the Dutch Grand Prix at the weekend.

Max Verstappen (right) and Lewis Hamilton (left) are neck-and-neck in the F1 title race

Max Verstappen (right) and Lewis Hamilton (left) are neck-and-neck in the F1 title race

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Verstappen is marginally ahead in the standings after he won the Dutch Grand Prix last term

Verstappen is marginally ahead in the standings after he won the Dutch Grand Prix last term

But neither have the trump card of home advantage left to play for the rest of the season. Silverstone and Zandvoort have come and gone for both drivers in victorious fashion. 

From now on, the feeling is neutral.  

With just nine races set to determine the outcome of this season's F1 title race, Sportsmail looks at Verstappen and Hamilton's records in the eight confirmed venues that await the pair this autumn... 

Italian Grand Prix - September 12

Awaiting the F1 rivals this weekend is the Monza track, with Hamilton enjoying an impressive record at the Italian Grand Prix. 

The Mercedes man has won in Italy five times over the course of his career, and only Michael Schumacher can match that. 

Hamilton will be desperate to become the first driver ever to finish at the head of the podium in Monza for a sixth time but has failed to achieve that feat in his last two visits there.

Hamilton last won the Italian Grand Prix three years ago, with Charles Leclerc and Pierre Gasly winning in the last two races there. 

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Hamilton has five victories in Monza, the next F1 race, but has not won there since 2018

Hamilton has five victories in Monza, the next F1 race, but has not won there since 2018

A stop-and-go penalty last year meant he finished seventh last year in what was a thriller for maiden race winner Gasly, while he was not good enough for Ferrari driver Leclerc two years ago.

Meanwhile, Monza has definitely not been a happy hunting ground for Verstappen in recent years. Last year saw the Dutchman crash at the Ascari chicane in the first qualifying session, while mechanical problems forced him to retire from the Grand Prix race at the standing restart after 30 laps. 

The year before, he was forced to start the Grand Prix at the back of the grid for exceeding his quota for power unit components. He managed to reach eighth position by the end of the race, but where would he have finished had he started further ahead?

Either way, both drivers have points to prove this weekend as they seek the latest advantage in the F1 title race. 

Verstappen has struggled at the Italian Grand Prix and crashed in last year's practice sessions

Verstappen has struggled at the Italian Grand Prix and crashed in last year's practice sessions

Russian Grand Prix - September 26

Russia was one of the very few venues where Verstappen got the better of Hamilton last season before Sunday's day of racing had come to an end.

Hamilton started on pole in Sochi in 2020 but his Dutch rival took advantage of two five-second penalties to finish ahead of the Mercedes driver on the podium, as Valtteri Bottas took first place. 

The eight-time Formula One driver, who has four Russian Grand Prix victories to his name of the course of his career, has also suffered some frustrations in Sochi. 

Verstappen (left) managed to claim a victory over Hamilton (right) in last year's Russian GP

Verstappen (left) managed to claim a victory over Hamilton (right) in last year's Russian GP

He was beaten by Nico Rosberg in 2016 and finished outside the podium in fourth place, just one spot ahead of Verstappen in fifth, a year later. 

But two victories in the last three seasons should put Hamilton in very confident mood going into Sochi, especially if he can continue his form in Monza earlier in September.   

Turkish Grand Prix - October 10 

The pair have only met once in Istanbul before, with Hamilton clinching last season's Formula One Championship by winning the Turkish Grand Prix in November. 

While Hamilton was full of celebrations that day, it was a very frustrating day for Verstappen, who dominated the early stages of the weekend by finishing fastest in practice and second in qualifying.

Hamilton managed to seal the F1 World Championships by winning last year's Turkish GP

Hamilton managed to seal the F1 World Championships by winning last year's Turkish GP

The Dutchman's frustrations that day were summed up by a spin late on in lap 51 out of 58, and ended up in sixth place just ahead of team-mate Alex Albon.  

Hamilton, who won sixth-fastest in qualifying last term and even lost a place at the beginning of the race, ended up winning the race by 31 seconds. He has two victories at the Istanbul Park in his career, only Felipe Massa has more with three. 

All to play for in Istanbul in October.  

United States Grand Prix - October 24

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