How Lewis Hamilton can win his 7th F1 title this weekend – and what Bottas needs to do to stop him
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton can win his record-equalling seventh drivers’ title this weekend at the Turkish Grand Prix. To do so, he needs to leave Istanbul with a greater than 78-point advantage over team mate Valtteri Bottas in the drivers’ standings. We’ve crunched the numbers to bring you all the permutations ahead of this weekend’s action.
Hamilton already heads Bottas – now the only driver who can mathematically stop Hamilton claiming the title – by 85 points, meaning that if Hamilton outscores Bottas this weekend, it’s all over.
However, if Bottas does manage to outscore Hamilton, here are the permutations for Hamilton still claiming a Michael Schumacher-equalling title #7 in Istanbul this weekend.
How Hamilton can win the title
|IF BOTTAS FINISHES||HAMILTON MUST FINISH|
|1st + fastest lap||Title fight continues to Bahrain|
|2nd + fastest lap||4th|
|2nd||5th + fastest lap OR 4th|
|3rd + fastest lap||5th|
|4th + fastest lap||7th|
|4th||8th + fastest lap OR 7th|
|5th + fastest lap||8th|
|5th||9th + fastest lap OR 8th|
|6th + fastest lap||9th|
|7th or lower||Hamilton wins title|