Hamilton versus Massa - the title permutations for Brazil 28 Oct 2008
Either McLarens Lewis Hamilton or Ferraris Felipe Massa will be crowned 2008 drivers champion at this weekends Brazilian Grand Prix. With a seven-point lead, Hamilton is very much the favourite, but as we saw at Interlagos last year - when outsider Kimi Raikkonen came from behind to win - anything is possible. Here is what each man needs in order to take the title
Hamilton will be champion if:
- He finishes fifth or higher
- He finishes sixth and Massa is second or lower
- He finishes seventh and Massa is second or lower
- He finishes eighth and Massa is third or lower
- He fails to score and Massa is third or lower
Massa will be champion if:
- He wins and Hamilton finishes sixth or lower
- He finishes second and Hamilton is eighth or lower
If the pair are tied on points at the end of Sunday afternoon (which would happen is Massa wins with Hamilton sixth, or if Massa finishes second with Hamilton eighth), Massa would win the title by virtue of more victories (six to Hamiltons five) or more second-place finishes (three to Hamiltons two).
In the constructors championship, Ferraris 11-point advantage over McLaren heading to Brazil puts them in a powerful position, while BMW Saubers 10-point deficit to McLaren means they still have an outside chance of stealing second place.