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Title permutations - how Alonso can become champion in Brazil 04 Nov 2010

(L to R): Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari with Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing on the drivers parade.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 14, Italian Grand Prix, Race Day, Monza, Italy, Sunday, 12 September 2010 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F10 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, Turkish Grand Prix, Practice Day, Istanbul Park, Turkey, Friday, 28 May 2010 The five championship contenders line up for a photo. Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari, Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 17, Korean Grand Prix, Preparations, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Thursday, 21 October 2010

Ferrari’s 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 Bull’s Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel and McLaren's Lewis Hamilton finish. Alonso’s 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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