Brazilian Grand Prix To Set Up A Winner-Takes-All Finale in Abu Dhabi
As the teams and drivers descend upon Interlagos for the Brazilian Grand Prix this weekend, there is still all to play for in the Drivers’ Championship and Johnny Herbert is right in the thick of it, analysing developments for the Sky F1 HD channel. Despite Lewis Hamilton’s dominance this season, with ten wins to Rosberg’s four and having won the last five races at a canter, his German teammate has minimised the points difference with consistent second placed finishes and can still take the title.
No matter the outcome in Brazil on Sunday, thanks to a newly-introduced quirk in the points system we will not know the identity of the 2014 World Champion until Formula One moves on to Abu Dhabi in three weeks’ time. The final race at Yas Marina has been dubbed the ‘Abu Double’ as twice the usual points will be on offer and, although a lot of debate and controversy surrounds the new scheme, it has had the intended effect – to make the season finale as dramatic as possible.
In a rich seam of form and with a 24 point lead, Hamilton would appear to have the whip hand yet he is unable to wrap things up this weekend as an eleventh victory, coupled by a Rosberg failure to finish, would still leave him one short of an insurmountable lead. Should that scenario play out and be followed by a win for the German and, say, mechanical problems ending Hamilton’s race in the Middle East, then Rosberg would take the Championship by a single point.
There are many who would view that hypothetical result as an injustice, given the clear disparity in results between the two Mercedes-Benz drivers, but we can at least guarantee the season-ender will generate enormous interest. As for Interlagos, at the time of writing, Rosberg is looking good having posted the quickest time in first practice.
He has impressed in qualifying all year with 9 poles to his name but he has struggled to translate that speed into sustained race pace and at times, particularly towards the business end of the season, he has lacked the requisite poise and a degree of guile when it has really mattered. Nonetheless, he could still take the title but that would appear to depend on Hamilton experiencing a serious dose of bad fortune. Stranger things have happened . . . .
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