Nico Rosberg winning the Brazilian Grand Prix has setup a magnificent finale to the current season. The two Mercedes drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have been aided by the best car in the grid and it is no question that based on the performance of the cars alone, the Brit and German will duke it out in the desert to decide who wins the Drivers’ Championship.

Hamilton will be looking to win his second Championship after he won his first in 2008 under dramatic circumstances for McLaren; he beat Felipe Massa to the title by overtaking Jarno Trulli on the last lap of the Brazilian Grand Prix to dash the then Ferrari driver’s hopes.

 

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Nico Rosberg, who has been a Mercedes driver from 2010 will be looking to win his first ever Driver’s championship and beat his rival and best friend Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton has a 17 point lead over his rival and that would have been a sizeable advantage going into the last race of the season but this season, the final race at Abu Dhabi has double points for each position.

The winner gets 50, the second placed finisher gets 36, third place gets 30 till the 10th placed driver gets the final points. A 17 point lead going into the last race of the season is a decent buffer but certainly one which can be overhauled.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Position

Points

1st

50

2nd

36

3rd

30

4th

24

5th

20

6th

16

7th

12

8th

8

9th

4

10th

2

 

Who can win the title and how?

Mercedes do have the best car in the grid but on their day, the Williams and Red Bull cars can give the Mercedes pair a run for the money when vying for spots. The outgoing world champions Sebastian Vettel might have one last ace up his sleeve before he leaves Red Bull Racing and teams up with Ferrari next season, even Daniel Ricciardo has been excellent for Red Bull and has outshone his 4 time world champion team mate.

The Williams pair of Felipe Massa and Bottas have been exceptional and the surprise package of the season, they will be looking to finish a brilliant season on a bang and will try to win the final race of the season.

Of course all eyes will be on the Mercedes team, who won the constructors title and now will be looking to crown one of their drivers’ as the world champion. Here is a rundown of how Nico could win the title and how Lewis could win the title.

Permutations for the win

Hamilton 334 points

Rosberg 317 points

How Hamilton can win:

How Rosberg can win:

Finish ahead of Rosberg

Win race with Hamilton 3rd or lower

Finish 2nd if Rosberg wins

Finish 2nd with Hamilton 6th or lower

Finish 5th or higher if Rosberg doesn’t win

Finish 3rd with Hamilton 7th or lower

Finish 6th or better if Rosberg is not in top 2

Finish 4th with Hamilton 9th or lower

Finish 8th or higher if Rosberg is not in top 3

Finish 5th with Hamilton 10th or lower

Finish 9th or better if Rosberg is 5th

 

 

Should Hamilton not finish the race, Rosberg has to finish 5th or higher to overcome the 17 point deficit, no matter what the outcome of the race, the Formula One world championship is going right down to the wire, the last race is rightly being called, the Duel in the desert.

 

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