With only two races remaining in the current campaign, the Formula One season is set for a scintillating finish this year with Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg competing for supremacy.
Back-to-back wins at the Unites States Grand Prix and the Mexican GP have bought Hamilton into the race for top honours as he successfully narrowed the gap on his teammate to just 19 points ahead of the Brazilian GP.
Rosberg leads with 349 points, closely followed by the Brit on 330.
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Despite Hamilton closing the gap over the past fortnight, Rosberg can still win his maiden Driver's Championship this weekend, and here is how.
First and foremost, the easiest equation is if the German registers a victory in Brazil, he will be declared the champion irrespective of where Hamilton finishes.
However, we must also consider the other options that remain this weekend, and according to Sky Sports, here is what must happen for the German to be crowned champion with one race to spare.
Scenario 1 - Hamilton finishes second, Rosberg has to win the race
Scenario 2 – Hamilton finishes third, Rosberg has to win to be crowned champion.
Scenario 3 – Hamilton finishes fourth, Rosberg needs a minimum of second place. They would be tied on points, as well as race wins, if the 31-year-old wins in Abu Dhabi and Rosberg fails to score, but the German would still win the title having more second-place finishes.
Scenario 4 – Hamilton finishes fifth, Rosberg must be second.
Scenario 5 – Hamilton finishes sixth, Rosberg must take the final podium spot.
Scenario 6 – Hamilton finishes seventh, Rosberg also needs a third place finish.
Scenario 7 – Hamilton finishes eighth, Rosberg needs to be fourth.
Scenario 8 – Hamilton finishes ninth, Rosberg must end the race at fifth.
Scenario 9 – Hamilton finishes tenth, Rosberg needs to be sixth.
All eyes will be on the Interlagos Circuit this weekend, as this race could be pivotal in determining the 2016 Driver’s Champion.
Having suffered three mechanical failures this season, Hamilton questioned the commitment of the team which ultimately proved fruitful as he managed to win in both North American circuits.
However, he was reprimanded by the top officials of Mercedes behind closed doors for such a public outburst.
Rosberg, on the other hand, secured nine wins in 19 races this term that significantly made him the favourite to end Hamilton’s three-year reign as the champion.
If Hamilton wins in Sao Paulo, regardless of where his teammate finishes, the final race at Abu Dhabi would decide the winner.
Nonetheless, after a season with several ups and downs in the Mercedes garage, the team remains set to win another Constructor’s title alongside both their drivers fighting for the championship.
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