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How Hamilton can win the title in Shanghai 16 Oct 2008

Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4/23.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Japanese Grand Prix, Practice Day, Fuji Speedway, Friday, 10 October 2008

To secure the 2008 drivers’ title this weekend, Lewis Hamilton must extend his current five-point advantage over Felipe Massa to 11 points - 10 would not be enough, as were Massa to then win at the final round in Brazil with Hamilton failing to score, they would finish level on points and Massa would be champion on the basis of more 2008 victories (he currently has five to Hamilton’s four).

The joker in the pack is Robert Kubica, though the BMW Sauber driver really needs to win in Shanghai if he is to have any chance of staying in the hunt.

So, for Hamilton to take the crown in China he must out-score Massa by at least six points and concede no more than two points to Kubica, which he can do in one of three ways:

1) Win, with Massa finishing no higher than fifth;

2) Finish second, with Massa no higher than seventh;

3) Finish third, with Massa failing to score and Kubica not winning.