The Championship Top-Four

The season finale for the 2010 Formula 1 World Championship has given fans the unprecedented prospect of up to four driver being able to take the Drivers’ Championship crown this weekend.

So just who needs to do what (and who doesn’t?) in order to take the ultimate accolade at the end of what has been a truly fascinating season?

Let’s take a look…

While Lewis Hamilton is very much an outside chance of picking up a second Drivers’ Championship crown for himself, the three main protagonists are championship leader Fernando Alonso and the Red Bull pairing of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel.

 

Fernando Alonso (currently on 246 points) will be crowned World Champion if…

  • he finishes first or second
  • he finishes third, fourth or fifth, and neither Webber nor Vettel win
  • he finishes sixth, with Webber no higher than third and Vettel failing to win
  • he finishes seventh or eighth, with Webber no higher than fourth and Vettel failing to win
  • he finishes ninth, with Webber no higher than fifth and Vettel no higher than third
  • he finishes 10th, with Webber no higher than sixth and Vettel no higher than third
  • he fails to score, with Webber no higher than sixth, Vettel no higher than third and Hamilton failing to win
  • none of the quartet scores a point (obviously!).

 

Mark Webber (currently on 238 points) will be crowned World Champion if…

  • he wins, with Alonso no higher than third
  • he finishes second, with Alonso no higher than sixth and Vettel failing to win
  • he finishes third, with Alonso no higher than seventh and Vettel failing to win
  • he finishes fourth, with Alonso no higher than ninth and Vettel failing to win
  • he finishes fifth, with Alonso no higher than tenth and Vettel failing to win
  • he finishes fifth or higher with none of his championship rivals scoring a point.

 

Sebastian Vettel (currently on 231 points) will be crowned World Champion if…

  • he wins, with Alonso no higher than fifth
  • he finishes second with Alonso no higher than ninth and Webber no higher than fifth
  • he finishes second or higher with none of his championship rivals scoring a point.

 

Lewis Hamilton (currently on 222 points) will be crowned World Champion if…

  • he wins, with Alonso failing to score, Webber no higher than sixth and Vettel no higher than third
  • he wins with none of his championship rivals scoring a point.

 

Another (albeit unlikely) scenario is a points deadlock between the top-three – this would occur if Vettel won from Webber, with Alonso finishing in fifth place – on 256 points.

In the event of a points tie, the best-placed candidate is determined by a results countback, and this situation would see Webber eliminated from the mix as he would have achieved fewer wins (4) to Vettel and Alonso (5 apiece). Alonso and Vettel would – incredibly! – have achieved the same number second places (2) and third places (3), and Vettel’s three fourth-placed finishes would see him crowned champion as Alonso only has two fourth-placed finishes.

Amazing!

And, in case you’re wondering, the previous points scoring system (10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 for the top-eight finishers) used up until the end of last season would see Alonso currently leading on 99 points, with Webber on 96, Vettel on 94 and Hamilton on 92. All would be in mathematical contention to take the championship.

May the best man win!

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.

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