With five drivers still mathematically able to win the championship, Fernando Alonso needs more than just a good result to wrap it up this weekend – he needs the likes of Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton to hit trouble.The only way Alonso can wrap up the title this weekend is by finishing on the podium. After that, it depends where his rivals finish.
With so many different permutations available, remember to keep an eye on the F1 Fanatic Championship Calculator during the race to work out how the current running order might affect the championship.
Obviously the best scenario for Alonso would be a win. As well as being the maximum possible score, it would ensure that if he ended up level on points with another driver he would definitely come out ahead, because no-one else will be able to win more races than him.
If he wins, the only driver who could then beat him to the title is Mark Webber, who would need to finish at least fourth to stay in the championship.
Jenson Button’s situation is dire. Even if he wins the race, his championship is over if Alonso finishes sixth or higher.
Use the F1 Fanatic Championship Calculator to work out the championship positions during the race.
Constructors’ championshipAll three teams are still in the hunt for the constructors’ championship. Red Bull will claim the title this weekend if they out-score McLaren by 17 points and lose no more than eight to Ferrari.
If Red Bull finish one-two they are guaranteed to win the title regardless of where the others finish. But although they’ve qualified in those positions eight times this year, they’ve only finished one-two on three occasions.
But on recent performance McLaren are more likely to be worried about losing second place to Ferrari than pinching the title off Red Bull in the dying stages of the season.