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What needs to happen for Lewis Hamilton to win F1 Drivers' Championship

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It's the final weekend of the Formula 1 season and the Drivers' Championship is still up for grabs.

The stage is set in the United Arab Emirates as the 21st race of the season draws upon us.

Nico Rosberg currently leads Lewis Hamilton by 12 points with a maximum of 25 points on offer and there are multiple ways either of the Mercedes teammates can become champion.

The chances of Hamilton winning are slim, despite the fact the British defending champion is on pole for the race in Abu Dhabi tomorrow.

Hamilton has won the three previous races and has closed Rosberg's lead at the top considerably. But with one race left, it looks like he may have timed his title charge too late.

The Englishman has won three Championship's previously - in 2008, 2014 and 2015 and for him to add a fourth to his collection, he would have to finish first in the race and hope his teammate finishes outside the podium places.

If Hamilton finishes second, he would require Rosberg to finish sixth or below. The Brit can afford to finish third, but his rival would have to finish ninth, 10th, out of the points, or not finish. 


It's going to be a huge ask for Hamilton and the likelihood is he will have to hope Rosberg retires from the race if he is to be victorious.

And if Hamilton retired from the race, it would gift Rosberg the title before the race has finished.

He trailed Rosberg by 43 points five races in, but after week 11 had established a six-point lead.

Week 12 saw him victorious in Germany and gave him a 19-point cushion. Another six races later and there had been a 45-point swing in Rosberg's favour.

Despite the unlikeliness of it happening, if the two men finished on the same points, they would take into account the number of wins over the course of the season, but this would not be able to happen as both have won nine races.

So then they would look at second-placed finishes and Rosberg has come second in four races, Hamilton three.


However, if the German comes seventh and Hamilton second then both men end on 373 points, both with nine wins and both with four second-placed finishes.

It would then have to be decided on third-placed finishes - Hamilton has four, while Rosberg has two. 

The likelihood of it coming to this is extremely slim, but that is how it could go. Pretty complex, right?

Either way, we anticipate tomorrow's race will be action packed from start to finish.


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