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The 2007 drivers’ championship - the permutations for Brazil 18 Oct 2007

Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari in Parc ferme
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Chinese Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China, Saturday, 6 October 2007 Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Mercedes MP4/22.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Chinese Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China, Saturday, 6 October 2007 Race winner Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari on the podium.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Chinese Grand Prix, Race Day, Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China, Sunday, 7 October 2007

It’s the question on everyone’s lips. Alonso, Raikkonen, Hamilton - who has to do what to become world champion at Interlagos this weekend. Unfortunately, the answer is far more complex than the question, but we’ve tried to make it as straightforward as possible.

Listed below are the various Brazilian Grand Prix results that could see each of the three drivers involved crowned champion….

For Alonso to become champion:
Alonso first; Hamilton third or lower
or Alonso second; Hamilton sixth or lower
or Alonso third; Hamilton eighth or lower; Raikkonen second or lower
or Alonso fourth; Hamilton out of the points; Raikkonen third or lower

For Hamilton to become champion:
Hamilton first or second
or Hamilton third, fourth or fifth; Alonso second or lower
or Hamilton sixth or seventh; Alonso third or lower; Raikkonen second or lower
or Hamilton eighth; Alonso fourth or lower; Raikkonen third or lower
or Hamilton out of the points; Alonso fifth or lower; Raikkonen third or lower

For Raikkonen to become champion:
Raikkonen first; Alonso third or lower; Hamilton sixth or lower
or Raikkonen second; Alonso fourth or lower; Hamilton eighth or lower