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Lewis Hamilton can win fifth F1 world title at United States GP

Sky Sports | Updated: 2018-10-07 20:00:23

Lewis Hamilton will clinch his fifth Formula 1 world title at the next grand prix in the USA on October 21 if he outscores Sebastian Vettel by eight points.

Hamilton's serene win at the Japanese GP, his fourth in a row, and a sixth-place finish for Sebastian Vettel on an error-strewn weekend has set up the possibility for the Mercedes driver to settle their battle early in Austin.

Hamilton leads Vettel by 67 points and needs to be 75 ahead by the end of the US GP to become a five-time world champion with three races to spare in 2018:

  • If Hamilton wins in Austin, Vettel must finish second to take the title fight on to the Mexican GP
  • If Hamilton finishes second, Vettel must finish fourth
  • If Hamilton finishes third, Vettel must finish sixth
  • If Hamilton finishes fourth, Vettel must finish seventh
  • If Hamilton finishes fifth, Vettel must finish eighth
  • If Hamilton finishes sixth, Vettel must finish ninth
  • If Hamilton finishes seventh or lower, the title race goes on to Mexico

Hamilton is already guaranteed to emerge ahead in any tie-break situation were he and Vettel to finish level on points at the end of the season.

Although Vettel can still match Hamilton's tally of nine race wins this year by winning the season's final four rounds (he currently has five victories), the Mercedes driver would still have one more second place to his name (three to two).

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