How Hamil­ton can win F1 ti­tle?

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

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.

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