Mon, Nov 7, 9:07am by Jake Equid
He has won the last two races and had things gone slightly differently in Mexico last weekend, Lewis Hamilton might just have got the piece of luck he needs to defend his Drivers’ Championship.
A few centimetres either way and title rival Nico Rosberg’s car might have been damaged in his collision with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen at the first corner. Rosberg survived that scare though and will be champion if he wins this weekend in Brazil.
Hamilton says there is no particular reason why he has never won the Brazilian Grand Prix and he heads to Interlagos knowing he must prevent Nico Rosberg from taking a victory in order to keep his title hopes alive.
The 31-year-old must overcome a relatively poor record at Interlagos, with only three podiums from nine attempts in 2009, 2014 and 2015 and two Did Not Finishes.
With Hamilton dominating the last two events in Austin and Mexico City to make in-roads into Rosberg’s margin, the German’s comfortable pair of second place finishes behind his Mercedes team-mate means he takes a 19-point lead into the final two races in Brazil and Abu Dhabi.
As such, a win for Rosberg in Interlagos will be enough for him to clinch the title with a round in hand regardless of where Hamilton finishes. The stakes for the Briton are raised further by the fact the Brazilian Grand Prix is one of just two events on the calendar he is yet to succeed at with the other being the new Baku round.
Sportsbet has installed Rosberg as a $1.22 favourite to win the Drivers’ Championship with Hamilton at $4.33. As far as this weekend’s race in Brazil goes, the pair have been flipped around with Hamilton a $1.80 favourite and Rosberg at $2.88.
Daniel Ricciardo’s third place in Mexico secures the Australian a third place finish in the Championship no matter what happens in the final two races. The 27-year-olds boss says he thoroughly deserves it.
“I’m delighted for Daniel in having secured third place in the drivers’ championship, he’s had an excellent season and deserves it.” Red Bull team principal Christian Horner told RedBullRacing.com
The third place finish in the Championship follows consecutive third place finishes in the last two Grands Prix. His odds for this weekend are $11 on yes, you guessed it, the third line of betting.
Current Drivers’ Championship Standings:
# Driver Nat Team Pts
Nico Rosberg $1.22
Lewis Hamilton $4.33
Brazilian Grand Prix Winner
L Hamilton $1.80
N Rosberg $2.88
D Ricciardo $11.00
M Verstappen $12.00
S Vettel $12.00
K Raikkonen $34.00
S Perez $201.00
N Hulkenberg $201.00
P Wehrlein $501.00
E Ocon $501.00
F Nasr $501.00
J Button $501.00
R Grosjean $501.00
E Gutierrez $501.00
K Magnussen $501.00
M Ericsson $501.00
C Sainz Jr $501.00
J Palmer $501.00
V Bottas $501.00
D Kvyat $501.00
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