|Couch vs Yacht : "I can't believe I might lose to this guy"|
Whichever way the fight between the two Mercedes drivers will end two weeks from nowin Abu Dhabi, one thing is for certain, Nico Rosberg proved all the doubters and haters wrong.
Here he is, one race to go and he's outscored Lewis, the man conventional wisdom has as the fastest driver over a single lap, in pole positions this year. Somehow he still has a chance if he wins the final race in Abu Dhabi. Of course he will have won five races, half as many as Hamilton, a statistic that will drive Lewis and his fans insane with rage if the Briton manages to lose the championship.
Because it is Hamilton's championship to lose at this point. Mathematics say that if Rosberg wins the final, double point race, Hamilton has to finish no worse than second. Given Mercedes' record of 1-2 finishes this year, this should be an easy ask for Lewis. In Brazil the Mercs finished 41 seconds ahead of third place Felipe Massa... 41 seconds!
But it's not a done deal, Hamilton has shown he too can make mistakes at crucial moments, he was extremely lucky to get away with his spin at Interlagos without any damage to his car and with very minor damage to his championship hunt.
In a way, it's too bad he did get away with it, the ideal championship finale would have the two both needing a win to be crowned champion, with no possibility of winning from P2. But it didn't work out that way.
Hamilton now has 334 points vs Rosberg's 317. Should Hamilton come second in the final race he would finish the season with 370 points vs Rosberg's 367. But he has to finish second if Nico wins, third would not cut it (334 + (15x2)= 364).
If something happened to Hamilton and he dropped out, Rosberg will have to score at least a 6th place to win the Championship.
I would guess Hamilton will not play it safe.
Being the Mercedes', it was Mercedes power: Massa managed a podium despite a 5 sec penalty and pulling into the Mclaren pit for service. Button must have made quite a few wonder why he does not have a seat in F1 yet for next year.
Raikkonen was the liveliest he has been all season, better late than never. His fight with Alonso was exciting and his not moving over is probably all the proof you need Fernando is leaving.
Not much else to say really except bring on Abu Dhabi and the 2015 season.
FORMULA 1 GRANDE PRÊMIO PETROBRAS DO BRASIL 2014
|2||44||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||71||+1.4 secs||2||18|
|3||19||Felipe Massa||Williams-Mercedes||71||+41.0 secs||3||15|
|4||22||Jenson Button||McLaren-Mercedes||71||+48.6 secs||5||12|
|5||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||71||+51.4 secs||6||10|
|6||14||Fernando Alonso||Ferrari||71||+61.9 secs||8||8|
|7||7||Kimi Räikkönen||Ferrari||71||+63.7 secs||10||6|
|8||27||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||71||+63.9 secs||12||4|
|9||20||Kevin Magnussen||McLaren-Mercedes||71||+70.0 secs||7||2|
|10||77||Valtteri Bottas||Williams-Mercedes||70||+1 Lap||4||1|
|11||26||Daniil Kvyat||STR-Renault||70||+1 Lap||17|
|12||13||Pastor Maldonado||Lotus-Renault||70||+1 Lap||16|
|13||25||Jean-Eric Vergne||STR-Renault||70||+1 Lap||15|
|14||21||Esteban Gutierrez||Sauber-Ferrari||70||+1 Lap||11|
|15||11||Sergio Perez||Force India-Mercedes||70||+1 Lap||18|
|16||99||Adrian Sutil||Sauber-Ferrari||70||+1 Lap||13|
|17||8||Romain Grosjean||Lotus-Renault||63||Power unit||14|
|Ret||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing-Renault||39||Suspension||9|