How Hamilton can win F1 title?
LONDON — There are plenty of reasons why one might think F1 is boring, but this year’s race to be drivers’ champion is certainly not one of them.
Mercedes have blown the constructor’s competition out of the water once again, but their two drivers, reigning champion Lewis Hamilton and current leader Nico Rosberg, have swapped the lead between them throughout the campaign.
Rosberg — who has never won the championship in comparison to Hamilton’s three gongs, including in the last two seasons — is in prime position to win the 2016 honour. What can Hamilton do to stop him?
The points system It is important to say first of all that there are no more double points available in the final race. This ill-advised experiment was scrapped before the start of the 2015 campaign.
That means, as it has been for the 20 races previous, the 21st Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi will see the winner pick up 25 points, the runner up 18 and third place 15.
From fourth down to ninth it goes down from 12 in increments of two, and tenth place gets one point.
What does Hamilton need to do? If Nico Rosberg does in Abu Dhabi what he has done nine times this season already — win the Grand Prix — then there is nothing Hamilton can do. Rosberg wins the title.
In fact, because of his 12-point championship lead, Rosberg will be crowned world champion if he finishes in the top three — something he has only failed to do in five out of 20 races in 2015, and not since his home race in Hockenheim on July 31.
A comparatively poor weekend and a 4th, 5th or 6th place finish would suit Rosberg fine if Hamilton does not win — but seeing as only two races this year have not been won by Mercedes, and one of those was in Spain where the team mates crashed into each other on lap one, you would think 1982 champion Keke Rosberg’s son will need a top three finish in Abu Dhabi to keep the Stevenage-born driver at bay.
As ever with permutations, there is one situation which creates a real head scratcher, and that is if Rosberg comes 7th and Hamilton 2nd.
If this were to happen, they would both have 373 points, each have won nine GPS, and it would be Hamilton’s fourth second place finish — also bringing him level with Rosberg.
Should this happen, then Hamilton would win his third successive championship based, appropriately enough, on finishing third more times, by four races to two. Remembering how dramatically he won his maiden title in 2008, do not rule this out.
How has the title race panned out? Rosberg is the favourite and should wrap it up in the Middle East, but given how the season started he should have won it weeks ago.
He won the first four Grands Prix of the season, and after Russia was 43 points to the good over Hamilton. The fifth race saw the dramatic collision on turn four in Barcelona. Hamilton took the blame for the incident, but it seemed to effect Rosberg a lot more.
Hamilton won six of the next seven races, slicing down the gap until he took the lead after Hungary. Rosberg wrestled it back as F1 left Europe however, with Hamilton’s engine failure in Malaysia potentially the decisive moment. Had Rosberg won, rather than coming third, this article would have been much simpler.
Hamilton has kept his hopes alive by winning three in a row, but Rosberg has not slipped up with successive runners-up spots.
Rosberg does have one other option... If Hamilton fails to finish in Abu Dhabi, Rosberg is champion. Another engine failure for Lewis on November 27 would be very welcome for Nico.
Alternatively, is it time for him to channel his inner Michael Schumacher and dip into the box of German dirty tricks? An unfortunate first lap collision, a coming together in the starting melee, sorry mate I didn’t see you... Of course, this would be terrible. — Daily Mail
Hamilton and Rosberg celebrate together in sao Paolo. only one will be happy in abu Dhabi.