Lewis Hamilton is cruising to a fifth F1 World Championship; an achievement he can nail down in a few weeks at the US Grand Prix. The defending champion is in unstoppable form and if he is going to join Juan Manuel Fangio with five World Championships at the US GP, these are the permutations that need to happen.
Hamilton’s win in Japan was not only a fifth consecutive win for Mercedes, but a fourth in five years for the Brit at Suzuka.
With the Championship looking tight between Vettel and Hamilton coming into Germany, Hamilton has taken the second half of the season by the scruff of the neck with six wins from the last seven races, and can now secure a fifth World Championship if certain scenarios unfold in a few weeks at the Circuit of the Americas.
Hamilton currently has a 67-point lead of his rival Vettel. If he is to celebrate another title in a few weeks’ time he needs to be 75-points ahead of the German.
YES!! What a race! I love this track, it’s crazy fun out there, I had the biggest smile on my face. To the team, I am proud of everything you do, I love you guys. #TeamLH, I am moved by your unwavering support. Today we celebrate!! 🎊 🏆 🙌🏾❤️ #StillWeRise #DrivenByEachOther #F1 pic.twitter.com/Z025R3E4ZB
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) October 7, 2018
It is not all lost for Vettel, although winning the last four races of the season in Austin, Mexico, Brazil and Abu Dhabi, does seem unrealistic when you take into consideration the current form of Hamilton.
Adding to this, Hamilton has won six of the seven US GP races held at the Circuit of the Americas, his 2015 win also giving him the F1 title.
If a repeat of 2015 is going to play out, then the Silver Arrows driver will become the second most successful in the history of the sport alongside Argentine Juan Manuel Fangio, with five titles.
This will still leave him two shy of Michael Schumacher who has seven World Championship’s to his name, although at just 33-years-of-age, he still has time on his hands if he wants to eclipse that mark.
Let’s see what needs to unfold if he is going to do the business in the US. All the odds for the US GP can be found here
The Formula One Title Permutations
If Hamilton wins in Austin, Vettel must finish second to keep his hopes alive
If Hamilton finishes second, Vettel must finish at least fourth
If Hamilton finishes third, Vettel must finish at least sixth
If Hamilton finishes fourth, Vettel must finish at least seventh
If Hamilton finishes fifth, Vettel must finish at least eighth
If Hamilton finishes sixth, Vettel must finish at least 10th
If Hamilton finishes seventh or lower, the title race goes on to Mexico