Interlagos could witness the crowning of Formula 1’s 33rd world champion on Sunday as Nico Rosberg bids to claim his maiden title at the Brazilian Grand Prix (NBCSN, NBC Sports app 10am ET).
Rosberg heads into Sunday’s race with a 19-point lead over Mercedes teammate and title rival Lewis Hamilton in the championship standings, meaning that victory will secure him a first crown with one round to spare.
Hamilton starts from pole at Interlagos with Rosberg second on the grid, setting the state for a tense fight between the two chief protagonists of F1’s V6 turbo era.
So just how can Rosberg win the title today? Here are – fitting with the political nature of the past week – his ‘paths to victory’.
How Nico Rosberg can win the championship in Brazil
IF ROSBERG WINS – the world championship is assured, regardless of where Hamilton finishes.
IF ROSBERG FINISHES SECOND – Hamilton must finish fourth or lower.
IF ROSBERG FINISHES THIRD – Hamilton must finish sixth or lower.
IF ROSBERG FINISHES FOURTH – Hamilton must finish eighth or lower.
IF ROSBERG FINISHES FIFTH – Hamilton must finish ninth or lower.
IF ROSBERG FINISHES SIXTH – Hamilton must finish 10th or lower.
Should Rosberg fail to finish any higher than seventh, the championship is guaranteed to go to the final race of the year in Abu Dhabi at the end of November.
Rosberg’s track record at Interlagos should give him hope of sewing up the title today: he has won the past two Brazilian Grands Prix.
Hamilton, on the other hand, has never won in Brazil – a stat he will need to rectify if he wants to realistically keep his title hopes alive.
The Brazilian Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and the NBC Sports app from 10am ET on Sunday.