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Sport How Hamilton can win title at Mexican GP

06:35  22 october  2019
06:35  22 october  2019 Source:   skysports.com

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Hamilton leads Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, his only remaining title challenger after the Finn's impressive win at Suzuka, by 64 points with this weekend's race in Mexico City the first of four left in the 2019 season. For Hamilton to be champion at the Mexican GP , the following permuations apply

Third placed Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP looks dejected in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Japan at Suzuka Circuit on October 13, 2019 in Suzuka, Japan. © Getty Images Third placed Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP looks dejected in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Japan at Suzuka Circuit on October 13, 2019 in Suzuka, Japan.

Lewis Hamilton will have his first chance to clinch a sixth F1 world championship in Sunday's Mexican Grand Prix.

Hamilton leads Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, his only remaining title challenger after the Finn's impressive win at Suzuka, by 64 points with this weekend's race in Mexico City the first of four left in the 2019 season.

There are a maximum of 78 points up for grabs in the three races after Sunday - meaning Hamilton needs to increase his current advantage by 14 points or more on Sunday evening to be champion.

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Hamilton leads Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, his only remaining title challenger after the Finn's impressive win at Suzuka, by 64 points with this Sky F1's Mexican GP TV times The Formula 1 Gossip Column A 78-point advantage leaving Mexico would be enough as, although Bottas would still

A 78-point advantage leaving Mexico would be enough as, although Bottas would still be able to tie Hamilton's tally by the end of the season, the Englishman is guaranteed to win on any victory countback. He currently has six more race wins than Bottas, nine to three.

Lewis Hamilton wearing a hat © Getty

For Hamilton to be champion at the Mexican GP, the following permutations apply:

If Hamilton takes victory (25pts) and fastest lap (1pt), he will be champion if Bottas finishes fourth (12pts) or lowerIf Hamilton takes victory without the fastest lap, he will be champion if Bottas finishes fifth (10pts) or lowerIf Hamilton finishes second (18pts) with the fastest lap (1pt), he will be champion if Bottas finishes eighth (4pts) or lowerIf Hamilton finishes second without the fastest lap, he will be champion if Bottas finishes eighth, without the fastest lap, or lower.If Hamilton finishes third (15pts) with the fastest lap (1pt), he will be champion if Bottas finishes ninth (2pts) or lowerIf Hamilton finishes third without the fastest lap, he will be champion if Bottas finishes 10th or lower without the fastest lap

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  Hamilton opens up ahead of title bid Lewis Hamilton opened up on his social media posts on the environment and said he's feeling "very positive" ahead of the Mexican GP.In Instagram story posts last week, Hamilton, who has made "drastic" changes to his lifestyle in a bid to go greener, wrote that he felt like "giving up on everything" and urged people to go vegan to "save our planet".

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Hamilton 's main title rival Sebastian Vettel came home fourth after another clumsy collision. The Mercedes driver needs to leave the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, which hosts the Mexican Grand Prix, with at least a 50-point lead. How can Mercedes win the title constructors' this weekend?

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If Hamilton finishes fourth or lower, the title race definitely goes on to the United States GP next week

Mexico City was the scene of Hamilton's last two title triumphs, in 2017 and 2018, although in those seasons there were only two races to go afterwards.

And although the mathematics could work in Hamilton's favour on Sunday night, the Briton is not anticipating another Mexico coronation given Mercedes' recent form at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

Requiring much smaller points swings in 2017 and 2018, Hamilton clinched the titles on those weekends despite finishing only ninth and fourth respectively.

Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP prepares to drive on the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Japan at Suzuka Circuit on October 13, 2019 in Suzuka, Japan. © Getty Images Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP prepares to drive on the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Japan at Suzuka Circuit on October 13, 2019 in Suzuka, Japan.

"I don't anticipate it will be Mexico," said Hamilton after Suzuka. "I think we will be battling for a good few races."

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Lewis Hamilton won his fourth Formula One drivers’ title after colliding with Sebastian Vettel on the first lap of It is a remarkable achievement given how hard he has been pushed by Vettel. After his win at last week’s US GP Hamilton was 66 points ahead – an advantage that proved vital in Mexico .

Hamilton cannot clinch the title at this weekend's Japanese GP - but he can knock all drivers bar Bottas out of mathematical contention. With six more wins than any other driver in 2019, Hamilton is already guaranteed to win on countback To become champion at the Mexican GP on October 27

Hamilton has only outscored Bottas by 14 or more points once this season.

The last time the Drivers' Championship was clinched with three or more races to spare was in 2015, when Hamilton secured his third crown.

But what is certain after the last race in Japan is that one of Mercedes' drivers will end the year as world champion, meaning the 2019 constructors' champions will clinch a record sixth-successive title double.

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Verstappen: Hamilton and Vettel words show I'm in their heads .
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