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Sports car and racing communities mourning loss of Edwards

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The flood and outpouring of support for Sean Edwards, who was killed while in the passenger’s seat in an accident in Australia Tuesday, has already been massive.

Edwards competed in three championships this season: the American Le Mans Series and two Porsche series, Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland and the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. He was one of the biggest stars and most talented drivers in all those series; from a domestic standpoint, those paying attention to the ALMS’ GTC class will have recognized his immense skills.

“Our thoughts are with his family and we want to express our deepest condolences to his relatives,” Hartmut Kristen, Head of Motorsport at Porsche, said in a statement.

As you’ll see below, Edwards’ impact was not just limited to sports car racing. Tweets from around the world of motorsports have also come in.

We wish, once again, we didn’t need to compile all these. All of us in the NBC Sports MotorSportsTalk family express our condolences.

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How Hamilton, Mercedes can clinch F1 titles at the United States GP

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Sunday’s United States Grand Prix could go down as a memorable race in Formula 1 history as both Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes bid to clinch their fourth world championships (live on NBC and NBC Sports app from 2pm ET).

Hamilton gave his chances of wrapping up the drivers’ title and re-claiming the crown he lost to Nico Rosberg in 2016 a world of good by charging to pole position on Saturday at the Circuit of The Americas.

However, with chief rival Sebastian Vettel starting second for Ferrari and a 16-point swing required, it seems likely that the title race could continue to next weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix.

Nevertheless, here are the permutations for Lewis Hamilton to win his fourth F1 world title on Sunday in Austin, Texas.

  • If Lewis Hamilton wins the race (25 points) and Sebastian Vettel finishes sixth or lower (maximum eight points), he is world champion.
  • If Hamilton finishes second (18 points), Sebastian Vettel finishes ninth or lower (maximum two points), and Valtteri Bottas does not win the race, he is world champion.

While Hamilton’s coronation seems likely to be postponed until the next race in Mexico, Mercedes looks nailed-on to wrap up its fourth consecutive constructors’ championship in Sunday’s USGP.

The German marque currently leads Ferrari by 145 points in the teams’ standings, and requires a lead of 129 after the race to clinch the crown.

As a result, a double top-four finish from Hamilton and Bottas would be enough for Mercedes to wrap up the title, regardless of how Ferrari fares.

The success would see Mercedes become just the fourth team in F1 history take four straight constructors’ titles, following Red Bull (2010 to 2013), Ferrari (1999 to 2004) and McLaren (1988 to 1991).

The United States Grand Prix is live on NBC and the NBC Sports app from 2pm ET on Sunday.