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How Rosberg can win the title in Brazil

09 Nov 2016

History can be made this weekend in Brazil - triumph, and Nico Rosberg will secure himself a first Formula One world championship crown. In fact there are six ways in which the German can clinch the title at Interlagos, as we detail below...

As the graphic indicates, the title is in Rosberg's hands. With a 19-point margin over Lewis Hamilton heading into Brazil, victory would give the German an unassailable points lead - and therefore the 2016 crown. If that were to happen, he would be only the second son-of-a-past-champion to take the title himself - the only other time this has happened in history was with Graham Hill (champion in 1962 and 1968) and son Damon (champion in 1996).

Rosberg can also win the title if:

  • He finishes second, and Hamilton is fourth or lower
  • He finishes third, and Hamilton is sixth or lower
  • He finishes fourth, and Hamilton is eighth or lower
  • He finishes fifth, and Hamilton is ninth or lower
  • He finishes sixth, and Hamilton is 10th or lower

If Rosberg finishes seventh or lower, the title will go down to Abu Dhabi regardless of where Hamilton finishes.

Equally a Hamilton triumph would also guarantee the title goes down to the wire in Abu Dhabi - which would be the second time in three years that the two men have contested a world championship crown at Yas Marina.

History isn't exactly on Hamilton's side though - the Briton has nine starts in Brazil, but is still yet to win. Conversely Rosberg has won the last two races in the country...