2016 Formula One Championship: Clinching Scenarios

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The 2016 Formula One championship will be decided at Yas Marina Circuit on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, which is located in the United Arab Emirates. The race will take place on Sunday, November 27th, 2016, at 8:00 AM EST. The two drivers that are in contention for this season’s championship are Nico Rosberg (right), the current championship standings leader, and Lewis Hamilton. Both drivers drive for Team Mercedes.

The competing drivers, who are not limited to just Rosberg and Hamilton, will complete 55 laps around the 3.45-mile (5.55-kilometer), 21-turn street course that is Yas Marina Circuit once the green flag flies and the championship race is underway in just over a week.

Rosberg, 31, has never won a Formula One championship, but has finished in 2nd place in the championship standings the past two seasons. He has 367 championship points and is the championship standings leader heading into the 21st and final race of this season. Hamilton, 31, is a 3-time Formula One championship, and he has won the past two championships in the 2014 and 2015 seasons. He also won the 2008 Formula One championship. He goes into the season finale trailing Rosberg by 12 championship points with 355. Both drivers have won nine races this season.

Here is the Formula One scoring system, which will determine who the 2016 Formula One champion is.

1st place: 25 points
2nd place: 18 points
3rd place: 15 points
4th place: 12 points
5th place: 10 points
6th place: 8 points
7th place: 6 points
8th place: 4 points
9th place: 2 points
10th place: 1 point

Here are clinching scenarios for both drivers that are eligible to be crowned 2016 Formula One champion.

  • If Rosberg finishes anywhere inside the top 3 in the race, he will be the champion regardless of where Hamilton finishes.
  • If Hamilton wins the race, Rosberg will need to finish in 4th place or lower for Hamilton to be the champion.
  • If Hamilton finishes in 2nd place in the race, Rosberg will need to finish in 7th place or lower for Hamilton to win the championship
    • Note: If Hamilton were to finish in 2nd place and Rosberg were to finish in 7th place in the race, the two would tie atop the championship standings. Both drivers would have the same number of wins and 2nd place finishes this season, so Hamilton would be awarded the tiebreaker based on the fact that he would have four 3rd place finishes compared to Rosberg’s two.
  • If Hamilton finishes in 3rd place in the race, Rosberg will need to finish in 9th place of lower for Hamilton to win the championship.
  • If Hamilton finishes in 4th place or lower in the race, Rosberg will be the champion.
    • Note: If Hamilton were to finish in 4th place and Rosberg were to finish in 11th place or lower in the race, the two would tie atop the championship standings. Both drivers would have the same number of wins, so Rosberg would be awarded the tiebreaker based on the fact that he would have four 2nd place finishes compared to Hamilton’s three.

 

-Asher Fair

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