Lewis Hamilton is on the verge of securing a fifth Drivers’ Championship title but he will need Sebastian Vettel to do his part if he is to wrap it up at the United States Grand Prix.
The Brit can retain his title and win it in Austin for the second time in his career after opening up a 67-point lead with his win at last weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix.
His best shot is to take the chequered flag at the United States GP, however, even then there’s no guarantee that it will be over as a P2 for Vettel keeps him in the game – at least for another race.
However, if Hamilton wins and Vettel is third or lower, title number five goes to the Mercedes driver.
How Hamilton can win the title in Austin:
If he wins in Austin and Vettel is third or lower
If he finishes second and Vettel is fifth or lower
If he finishes third and Vettel is seventh or lower
If he finishes fourth and Vettel is eighth or lower
If he finishes fifth and Vettel is ninth or lower
If he finishes sixth and Vettel is 10th or lower
If Hamilton is seventh or lower, no matter Vettel’s position, the battle will continue into the Mexican GP.
Lewis Hamilton will clinch his 5th world title at the #USGP next time out if he outscores Vettel by 8 points
If he wins in Austin, Vettel has to finish 2nd to keep the race alive pic.twitter.com/UnCNmFRSKt
— Formula 1 (@F1) October 7, 2018
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