What Mercedes and Hamilton need to leave Austin as world champions

British driver Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes hold such a big advantage in this year’s Formula One campaign that they could wrap up their titles this weekend in Austin itself.



We have compiled a list of winning margins that Hamilton and the team would require to secure the drivers’ and constructors’ championship…

 

Drivers’ title

Hamilton currently leads Vettel by 59 points and would automatically be crowned tournament winner if he wins on Sunday and runner-up Sebastian Vettel finishes sixth or lower.

Alternatively, if Hamilton is unable to finish first and ends runner-up, he will need Vettel to finish the the race ninth or below and Valtteri Bottas to finish outside the top ten.

If Hamilton ends in third place, the tussle will move on to Mexico City, regardless of Vettel and Bottas’ result.

 

Constructors’ title

Mercedes currently enjoys a massive 145-point lead over Ferrari. The title would be assured if they leave Austin with at least a 129-point lead.

For Ferrari, therefore, the aim will be to score 17 points more than Mercedes on Sunday.




If either Mercedes driver manages to win, the Silver Arrows squad will head to Mexico as world champions.

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