Whilst Fernando Alonso, Mark Webber, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton go head-to-head for the biggest prize in motorsport, another equally tense battle will play out at the back of the field with potentially even more on the line for those involved.
Whilst Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen, in one corner, and Timo Glock and Lucas di Grassi, in the other, have nothing personal riding on the result of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, their respective team owners know that fate could transform their fortunes at a stroke on Sunday afternoon.
Rival airline bosses Tony Fernandes and Richard Branson entered into a good-natured wager at the start of the season in which the loser - based on the respective championship positions of the Lotus and Virgin teams - would have to don the outfit worn by the other's stewardesses and work a long-haul route. As things stand with one race to run, Branson is facing the embarrassment of having to wear AirAsia colours unless either Glock or di Grassi can better the twelfth place achieved by Kovalainen in Japan.
Fernandes, who has said that his rival would have to work hard on a flight from London to Kuala Lumpur, believes that Branson would secretly enjoy the moment.
"He's quite serious about it, so am I, but, if we don't mess it up, he should be donning our uniform," Fernandes told Reuters
at Yas Marina, "He'll have to work the whole flight, he'll have to serve, he'll have to clean - he'll have to clean the toilets. And he has to shave his legs, as we don't allow hairy stewardesses!
"He'll have to look like one of these two girls out there, but he likes dressing up as girls - I think, deep down, he probably hoped he'd lose as it's another chance to dress up in drag!"
Branson, who told Fernandes that that he would have to work Virgin's London-Lagos route if he lost the bet, joked that he was looking for a way out of the wager - but still found a reason to celebrate even if he came off worst.
"I thought in Korea I was safe until Timo was shunted off the track, so things are not looking too hopeful, but we still have tomorrow to go," the bearded entrepreneur said, "However, if he won't let me on his plane without shaved legs, I'm not sure how we are going to conclude this deal.
"There is a rumour with Lotus that they won't have the name any more, so maybe I'll be able to review the small print of the contract. The lawyers are definitely all over it at the moment. The only positive thing is we own 20 per cent of his company, so I'll be able to get some promotion for a company I have a stake in if I lose!"