How Lewis Hamilton can win his sixth Drivers' Championship this weekend

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Lewis Hamilton has the first opportunity to clinch his sixth Formula One World Championship in Mexico on Sunday, but will need results to go his way.

With Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas his only remaining challenger, the Grand Prix at the circuit in Mexico City will give the Brit a chance to defend his title for the third consecutive year.

Bottas reduced the margin to 64 points after a faultless performance around the Suzuka Circuit in Japan, however, with a maximum of just 78 points up for grabs after this weekend, surely it’s a mountain too far to climb for the Finn.

There are several ways for Hamilton to wrap the Championship up on Sunday and take his tally of titles to just one behind Michael Schumacher.

Here, we explain to you just how Hamilton could become a six-time champion on Sunday.

If Hamilton wins (25pts) and has the fastest lap (1pt), he will be champion if Bottas finishes fourth (12pts) or lower.

If Hamilton wins without having the fastest lap, he will be champion if Bottas finishes fifth (10pts) or lower.

If Hamilton finishes second (18pts) with the fastest lap (1pt), he will be champion if Bottas finishes eighth (4pts) or lower.

If Hamilton finishes second without having the fastest lap, he will be champion if Bottas finishes eighth, without the fastest lap, or lower.

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If Hamilton finishes third (15pts) with the fastest lap, he will be champion if Bottas finishes ninth (2pts) or lower.

If Hamilton finishes third without the fastest lap, he will be champion if Bottas finishes 10th or lower without the fastest lap.

The 34-year-old needs to increase his advantage over Bottas by 14 points to clinch the championship this weekend, however, only once this season has Hamilton outscored his Mercedes teammate by that total.

Hamilton looks set to be champion whether it’s in Mexico or at one of the following three races, but what’s 100% certain is that the World Championship will be won by a Mercedes’ driver for a record sixth successive year.

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