Belgian driver Verstappen is already the youngest ever to win a Grand Prix. He currently sits second in Formula One rankings, with an impressive 58 points ahead of third-place Vettel.
Max Verstappen is on pace to win the Formula One World Championship at the 2018 Saudi Grand Prix. The Dutchman has won three of the first five races this season, and is now leading by 10 points over Lewis Hamilton. Read more in detail here: 2018 f1 standings.
Max Verstappen seems to be on the brink of winning his maiden Formula One world championship with four races remaining in the season.
With 109 points to play for, he leads championship contender Lewis Hamilton by 19 points.
Here’s how it goes:
The Brazilian Grand Prix takes place on November 14th.
The Qatar Grand Prix takes place on November 21.
The Saudi Arabia Grand Prix takes place on December 5th.
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix takes place on December 12th.
First place receives 25 points; second place receives 18 points; third place receives 15 points; fourth place receives 12 points; fifth place receives 10 points; sixth place receives 8 points; seventh place receives 6 points; eighth place receives 4 points; ninth place receives 2 points; tenth place receives 1 point.
Any driver who sets the quickest lap of the race and finishes in the top 10 earns one point in each of the following four races.
This might set the stage for some great drama in the remaining races. Mercedes pitted Valtteri Bottas for new tyres on the penultimate lap of the Mexican Grand Prix on Sunday to guarantee he seized the fastest lap from Verstappen. Bottas did not get a point since he was outside the top 10, but more importantly, neither did Verstappen.
Given the nature of this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix, the championship position has a new wrinkle compared to prior run-ins.
The Saturday sprint race, which determines the grid for the Sunday race, is in Brazil for the third and final time this season.
The top three finishers in the event are also awarded points. Three for the winner (who is also granted pole position in the record books), two for second, and one for third.
The points are subsequently distributed as usual on Sunday.
That means a driver may earn a maximum of 29 points in this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix, with 26 points available for the three Middle East races.
With four races remaining, Max Verstappen leads the title by 19 points. Getty Images/Clive Mason
Possibilities and possibilities
Verstappen seems to be the clear favorite to win at this point.
There’s a straightforward way to look at this. Verstappen can seal up the title at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix if he finishes ahead of Hamilton in each of the following two races, regardless of position. To be proclaimed champion in the first race in Jeddah, he has to depart with a championship lead of at least 26 points.
The current form book looks to be stacked in favor of Verstappen and Red Bull. With the exception of the Italian Grand Prix, when he and Hamilton clashed and crashed out of the race, the Dutchman has finished first or second in every race since the conclusion of the summer break in August.
Verstappen would be champion if he finished the Qatar Grand Prix with a lead of 52 points or more, since Hamilton would be unable to close the gap in the next two races.
According to the current tiebreaker system, Verstappen leads Hamilton by nine race victories to five, and would win any head-to-head if the championship was tied, since if Hamilton won the following four races, he would win the championship, and it would be impossible for the two to finish even on points.
The tiebreaker has a lot of weight. If Hamilton wins the following three races while Verstappen finishes second, receives maximum points for fastest laps, and wins the sprint race in Brazil, he will only be eight points ahead of Verstappen going into the final round in Abu Dhabi. Despite having a point disadvantage going into the final, Verstappen would know that with a victory and a bonus point for best lap, he could win the championship.
Either driver’s withdrawal from the race would be very significant.
If Verstappen fails to complete the following race and Hamilton wins, for example, Hamilton will lead the championship entering Qatar. Hamilton’s championship hopes would be effectively over if he retired from either of the next two races.
If Hamilton wants to keep the title alive until the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, he must limit the deficit to 25 points or fewer during the next three races.
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