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The Red Bull driver can only do this if he wins the Singapore Grand Prix. As he’s won 11 races so far this year, and the last five in a row, the chances seem good. He’s already in a position where no one can win more races than him, meaning he would clinch the title in the unlikely event of a tie on points.
However to end the title fight at the next race Verstappen also needs his championship rivals to finish far enough down the running order. That includes his team mate Sergio Perez and well as the driver closest to him in the points, Charles Leclerc.
There is another proviso: Full points must be awarded. F1’s points system was revised this year and smaller points hauls are now awarded if races are cut short. For example, if less than 75% of the distance is covered, 19 points are awarded for a win instead of the usual 25.
- Verstappen must win the race
- Full points (25) must be awarded, for which at least 46 of the 61 laps must be covered
The other finishing positions depend on which driver sets fastest lap. If Verstappen sets the fastest lap:
- Leclerc must finish no higher than eighth
- Perez must finish no higher than fourth
If Verstappen does not set the fastest lap:
- Leclerc must finish no higher than ninth
- Perez must finish no higher than fourth, or fifth if he sets the fastest lap
If none of those conditions are met, the championship will remain undecided. However such is the scale of Verstappen’s lead, he is virtually assured of taking a second title this year.
The constructors championship cannot be decided at the next race.
Although Red Bull hold a commanding, 139-point lead over Ferrari in the constructors’ championship, they’re not far enough ahead to be able to clinch the title at the next race weekend.
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