2016 Formula One Driver Battles: Brazilian Grand Prix

There may be only two rounds remaining in the 2016 season but there is still plenty to race for as the Formula 1 circus heads to Brazil.

 

Title Fight

After his victory in Mexico, Lewis Hamilton has managed to close the gap to teammate Nico Rosberg to 19 points with a maximum of 50 points still to be won.

Despite this, Nico Rosberg only needs to finish second in the next two rounds in order to seal the title. He could however end the title fight this weekend by claiming 7 more points than Hamilton.

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2016_USGP-2942-2” by Joe McGowan is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

 

Battle for Fourth

The next interesting battle in the driver standings is that over fourth. The position is currently occupied by Sebastian Vettel with 187 points, ahead of his teammate Kimi Raikkonen who is a further 9 points behind. The Red Bull of Max Verstappen is a further point behind on 177 points.

This is a battle that has seen a lot of movement from race to race and is likely to see further movement, especially with Raikkonen and Verstappen so close in the standings.

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F1 – Williams F1 – Valtteri Bottas & Ferrari – Sebastian Vettel” by Jen_ross83 is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Perez and Bottas

The battle for seventh between Sergio Perez and Valtteri Bottas is interesting with both drivers on 85 points heading into the final two races of the season. This is an important battle as Perez’s Force India team and Bottas’ Williams team are in a tight fight for fourth in the Constructors Championship.

Perez has been the more consistent as he is currently on an eight consecutive point scoring run. However Bottas outscored Perez in the last round in Mexico.

 

Battle for Ninth

Further behind Perez and Bottas is the battle for ninth, currently being led by Perez’s teammate, Nico Hulkenberg, who has 60 points.

Behind Hulkenberg is the McLaren of Fernando Alonso who is on 52 points and the Williams of Felipe Massa who is on 51 points. It may seem that Hulkenberg seemingly has ninth wrapped up, but two non scoring rounds and two good results by either Alonso or Massa could see ninth position change hands.

It is also important to note that Massa will want to do well in his final Brazilian Grand Prix before his retirement.

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#19 Felipe Massa” by Takayuki Suzuki is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

 

Twelfth to Fifteenth

A little further behind Felipe Massa is the Scuderia Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz on 38 points, he is 9 points ahead of Romain Grosjean.

A further 4 points behind Grosjean is the other Scuderia Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat. However, 4 points behind Kvyat is the McLaren of Jenson Button.

There was no movement in this battle in the last round, however anything can happen in Formula 1 and therefore there is still plenty of potential especially with Button close to Kvyat in terms of points and Kvyat himself also close to Grosjean.

 

Remaining point scorers

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2016_USGP-2564-2-Edit-Edit” by Joe McGowan is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

There are a further four point scorers in the 2016 season with the Renault of Kevin Magnussen on 7 points, his teammate Jolyon Palmer is on 1 point along with Pascal Wehrlein and Stoffel Vandoorne.

 

Non point scorers

Those yet to claim a point this season are Esteban Gutierrez, Marcus Ericsson, Felipe Nasr, Rio Haryanto and Esteban Ocon.

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2016_USGP-0623-2” by Joe McGowan is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

With only two races left, time is running out to make an impression on the 2016 season. You can be certain that there will be movement in the title fight, the battle for fourth as well as the battle between Perez and Bottas and the battle for ninth. However will we have more than the current nineteen point scorers by the end of the season? And will there be any further points scored by those currently in twelfth to fifteenth?

 

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