Max Verstappen gets his first chance of winning a second world title next time out at the Singapore Grand Prix, after what has ended up being a dominant year for the Dutchman.
Max has won 11 races so far this year, which is well over half of the campaign up to this point, and he has also won five Grands Prix on the spin, underlining the sheer dominance he and his Red Bull car have enjoyed since the early stages of the season.
Indeed, at one point he was 46 points off of Charles Leclerc, after round three in Australia at the start of this season, but since then it has almost been one-way traffic, with the Dutchman now 116 points clear of the Ferrari man and cruising towards a second crown, looking set to win it in far easier fashion than he did last year’s.
He can win the championship as early as the next race at Singapore, then, though it is likely he may have to wait a little longer and seal the deal in either Japan or the United States later on in October.
How can Max Verstappen win the title in Singapore?
To do it next time out, Max must win and then hope those behind him in the standings have poor races.
If he wins without setting the fastest lap and picking up the related bonus point, Leclerc must finish ninth or lower for Max to win the title, with Sergio Perez fourth or lower without taking the fastest lap or fifth or lower with the fastest lap.
If Max wins the race and takes the fastest lap himself, though, then Leclerc must finish eighth or lower with Perez fourth or lower for the title to head the Dutchman’s way.
Ultimately, the Red Bull driver needs to outscore Leclerc by 22 points, Perez by 13 and Mercedes’ George Russell by six next time out in Singapore to take title number two, and so it’s a win he needs before seeing where the rest finish.
Clearly, it’s more likely he’ll be celebrating a championship win somewhere else other than Singapore in the coming weeks but what is almost certain is that it will be Max on top of the world yet again at some point before the season is out.
All the rest can do is try and keep the championship alive for as long as possible.