The only driver who can win the F1 title this weekend is Lewis Hamilton. So to understand how the title can be decided in Shanghai it’s easiest to look at it from his point of view.
Here are the top three in the drivers’ championship:
1. Lewis Hamilton 84
2. Felipe Massa 79
3. Robert Kubica 72
And here’s how the championship could be decided:
- If Hamilton wins he needs Massa to finish fifth or lower to win the title.
- If Hamilton finishes second he needs Massa to finish seventh or lower to win the title.
- If Hamilton finishes third he needs Massa to finish ninth or lower and Kubica not to win to become champion.
- If Hamilton finishes fourth or lower he will not win the title in Shanghai.
In the event of a tie on points at the end of the year the title will go to the driver with the most wins. At present, Massa has five and Hamilton fourth.
If both drivers have the same number of points and wins at the end of the season the title goes to the driver with the most second places, followed by third places and so on. (The same goes for constructors in their championship).
If Hamilton were to win he would become champion exactly 50 years to the day since Mike Hawthorn became the first British driver to win the world championship.
Ferrari are currently seven points ahead of McLaren and 14 ahead of BMW. They can win the constructors’ championship this weekend if they leave with at least an 18 point lead over both.
The various combinations by which they might achieve that are a little complicated to explain, but we’ll keep an eye on it during the live blogs!