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Nico Rosberg could clinch Driver's Championship in Mexico

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Despite suffering defeat at the United States Grand Prix on Sunday, Nico Rosberg has the chance to seal the Formula One Driver's Championship during the next race in Mexico. 

Finishing second to Lewis Hamilton in Austin, the German racer still holds a commanding 26-point lead over his Mercedes teammate, leaving him with a large margin for error. 

With just three races remaining - in Mexico, Brazil, and Abu Dhabi - Rosberg will win the title if he manages to finish first and Hamilton retires or fails to register any points during the next race, as the 31-year-old holds the equivalent of a whole race victory.

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If he does manage such a win, Rosberg will extend the lead at the top to 51 points, with just 50 points left to contest for. 

In the case that the German finishes first and Hamilton finishes 10th, the championship leader would still win the title on the basis of more wins during the season, despite the reigning champion's chances of catching up on points. 

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The British driver has managed nine victories this season, while a win in Mexico for Rosberg would be his 10th of the year. 

Things would have to go terribly wrong for Rosberg to relinquish his lead. Even if Hamilton does win all of the remaining three races, two second place and another third place finish would still guarantee the German his first Driver's Championship title. 

Winning the last three races would make it four in a row for Hamilton, after the veteran racer clinched top spot at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin. 

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The Brit has struggled with engine issues throughout the season, which has cost him precious points during key races, especially the Malaysian Grand Prix a few weeks back. 

Rosberg's blistering start to the season, with four consecutive wins, opened up a massive early points gap and paved the way for a genuine title challenge, allowing the Mercedes driver some room despite tough subsequent races. 

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