Hamilton or Verstappen? Here’s the maths

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Max Verstappen can secure his first Formula 1 world championship at this weekend’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in Jeddah, but Lewis Hamilton will be going all out to prevent that and make the title to the season finale a week later.

The Red Bull driver has 351.5 points with Mercedes’ seven-times F1 world champion Hamilton eight points adrift on 343.5.

While 24-year-old Verstappen is targeting his first F1 title his 36-year-old rival Hamilton is seeking an unprecedented eighth to make him the undisputed most successful driver in the sport’s history, usurping Michael Schumacher’s seven titles.

Heading into Sunday’s race around the streets of Jeddah, Hamilton has won the last two races and starts as favourite to take the title battle down to the wire in Abu Dhabi.

Points are awarded to the top 10 in 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1 order with a bonus point for the fastest lap. That leaves a maximum 26 points to be won after this weekend.

MAX CAN BE CHAMPION IN SAUDI ARABIA IF:

  • He wins with the fastest lap and Hamilton is outside the top five.
  • He wins without the fastest lap and Hamilton finishes outside the top six.
  • He finishes second with the fastest lap and Hamilton finishes lower than ninth.
  • He finishes second without the fastest lap and Hamilton fails to score.
  • If Verstappen finishes lower than second, the battle will stay alive into Abu Dhabi regardless of what Hamilton does.

LEVEL ON POINTS

  • If Hamilton wins and scores the extra point for the fastest lap with Verstappen second, the pair will head into Abu Dhabi level on points but with the Dutchman ahead on account of having won more races (9-8).

LEWIS WILL TAKE THE LEAD IF:

  • He scores at least nine points more than Verstappen in Saudi Arabia, which includes victory with Verstappen third.