Here's how Vettel can wrap up the 2011 title in Singapore...

It’s a case of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’ Sebastian Vettel will claim back-to-back Formula 1 World Championships, and in doing so, wrest the mantle of the youngest double champion from Fernando Alonso.

With a 112-point margin in the championship standings, the German can seemingly clinch the honours on Sunday at Singapore, but he must at least claim a podium finish. Here’s how:

To win the Drivers’ Championship title in Singapore, he can either:

  • Win the race, with Jenson Button and Mark Webber finishing third or lower, and Fernando Alonso finishing fourth or lower;
  • Finish second, with Lewis Hamilton finishing second or lower, Button and Webber finishing fifth or lower, and Alonso finishing eighth or lower; or
  • Finish third, with Lewis Hamilton finishing third or lower, Button and Webber finishing seventh or lower, Alonso finishing ninth or lower.

His main title rivals can only remain in the championship hunt under the following conditions:

  • If Vettel fails to score, Lewis Hamilton must finish ninth or better; or
  • If Vettel finishes ninth or tenth, Hamilton must finish eighth or better; or
  • If Vettel finishes eighth, Hamilton must finish seventh or better; or
  • If Vettel finishes seventh, Hamilton must finish sixth or better; or
  • If Vettel finishes sixth, Hamilton must finish fifth or better and Button and Webber must finish ninth or better; or
  • If Vettel finishes fifth, Hamilton must finish fourth or better and Button and Webber must finish eighth or better; or
  • If Vettel finishes fourth, Hamilton must finish third or better and Button and Webber must finish seventh or better; or

[Original image via The Cahier Archive]

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