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The five ways Lewis Hamilton can win the F1 Championship

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So, the Formula One Drivers’ World Championship comes down to the final race in Abu Dhabi.

Mercedes team-mates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will go head-to-head with just 12 points separating them.

Statistically, Hamilton has a 20% chance of overhauling Rosberg in what is being dubbed as the ‘Duel in the Desert’.

The permutations are easy enough.

If Hamilton wins, Rosberg needs to come third or higher.

If Hamilton comes second, Rosberg needs to come sixth or higher.

If Hamilton comes third, Rosberg needs to come eighth or higher.

And if Hamilton comes fourth, Rosberg is champion.

But, according to Sky Sports, there are five possible ways that Hamilton can triumph this weekend.

Rosberg has an off day

Despite being a professional driver, Rosberg is not immune to pressure. At one point this season, Rosberg was leading by 43 points but he saw that lead slip after some questionable decisions in Monaco, Canada and Austria.

Rosberg fails to finish

It could happen. It’s probably not the way Hamilton will want to win it but he’ll take it. Rosberg isn’t too familiar with having a shot at the title in the final race - only once in 2014 where he lost out. Hamilton does and that experience could be the difference.

Rosberg suffers a car malfunction

Hamilton has previously bemoaned the fact that his teammate hasn’t received any problems with his car this season.

"He has finished every race and not had any problems, where I have," Hamilton said in Brazil.

"Unbelievable, when will it end?”

Will it happen in dramatic circumstances in Abu Dhabi? You never know.

Hamilton wins and both Red Bulls beat Rosberg to the podium

As seen in the graphic above, if Hamilton wins, Rosberg needs a podium finish. That means that if he does triumph, Hamilton will be hoping Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen from Red Bull beat Rosberg.

However, Hamilton has already alluded to the fact their cars aren’t good enough to rival Mercedes at the moment. "Nico is just cruising to finish second and unfortunately the Red Bulls are not at the moment quick enough to really challenge us.”

Rosberg plays it too safe

"I don't know how I'm going to approach the last race yet," Rosberg told reporters recently.

"I will let you know when I have had some time to think about it.”

Going all-out for the win could be dodgy but playing it too safe could be the biggest danger.

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