Title permutations - how Alonso can become champion in Brazil 04 Nov 2010
Ferraris Fernando Alonso is the only one of the five title contenders who could - in theory - wrap up the 2010 drivers championship in Brazil this weekend. But what must happen for the Spaniard to achieve that?
The answer: he must finish on the podium for starters, and then it depends on where Red Bulls Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel and McLaren's Lewis Hamilton finish. Alonsos three title-winning combinations are
1. Alonso wins, Webber fifth or lower.
2. Alonso second, Webber eighth or lower, Hamilton fourth or lower, with Vettel failing to win.
3. Alonso third, Webber tenth or lower, Hamilton fourth or lower, with Vettel failing to make the podium.
McLaren's Jenson Button, the final title contender, needs a near miracle to avoid surrendering his crown at Interlagos, the very circuit at which he secured it last year.
In the constructors' stakes, Red Bull need to outscore McLaren by 16 points this weekend to prevent a title decider at the Yas Marina season finale.
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