Lewis Hamilton v Nico Rosberg: how the title can be won

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Date: 21-23 NovemberCoverage: Live on BBC TV, Radio 5 live and onlineRace starts: Coverage begins at 12:10 GMT on 23 November. Race at 13:00 GMT.Qualifying starts: 13:00 GMT on 22 November

Following Nico Rosberg's victory in Brazil just 17 points now separate him from championship leader Lewis Hamilton going into the final race of 2014.

In any other Formula 1 season, sixth in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on 23 November would be enough for Hamilton to clinch his second world title, even if Rosberg won the race.

But with double points available in the last race this season, the situation is more precarious for the British driver:

Title permutations for the final race
Hamilton, 334 pointsRosberg, 317 points
How the Briton can win the title:How the German can win the title:
Finish ahead of RosbergWin the race with Hamilton third or lower
Finish no lower than second if Rosberg winsFinish second with Hamilton sixth or lower
Finish fifth or better if Rosberg doesn't winFinish third with Hamilton seventh or lower
Finish sixth or better if Rosberg is not in the top twoFinish fourth with Hamilton ninth or lower
Finish eighth or better if Rosberg misses out on the podiumFinish fifth with Hamilton 10th or lower
Finish ninth or better if Rosberg is fifthShould Hamilton not score any points, Rosberg still must finish no lower than fifth to overturn the 17-point deficit
Abu Dhabi scoring
PlaceRace points
1st50
2nd36
3rd30
4th24
5th20
6th16
7th12
8th8
9th4
10th2

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