Firstly, yesterdays' grand prix saw the 2010 constructors champions crowned. This honour went to Red Bull Racing, in only their sixth season in Formula 1. Austria becomes the sixth nationality of a winning Formula 1 constructor. Red Bull become the 14th team to take top honours, and also this is the second year in a row which has seen first time champions. As an engine supplier, Renault have won the championship for the ninth time. This puts them in third overall, with 1 win behind Ford.
Below is the current standings as of the penultimate race:
1. Red Bull Racing - Renault 469 Points WORLD CHAMPIONS
2. Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 421 Points
3. Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 389 Points
4. Petronas Mercedes Grand Prix 202 Points
5. Renault F1 Team 145 Points
6. Williams Formula 1 - Cosworth 69 Points
7. Force India - Mercedes 68 Points
8. BMW Sauber - Ferrari 44 Points
9. Scuderia Toro Rosso - Ferrari 11 Points
DHL Fastest Lap Competition
The next issue to be resolved is the DHL fastest lap competition. This is awarded to the driver who has gathered most fastest laps over an entire season. So far this has yet to be won, but only two drivers are in the reckoning. With one race left, this is how it stands:
1. Alonso 5 [Bahrain, Britain, Italy, Singapore, Korea];
2. Hamilton 4 [China, Spain, Belgium, Brazil];
3. Webber 3 [Australia, Malaysia, Japan];
3. Vettel 3 [Monaco, Germany, Hungary];
5. Button 1 [Europe];
5. Kubica 1 [Canada];
5. Petrov 1 [Turkey].
*As a side note - did you know, Mercedes have only ever won two constructors championships as an engine supplier. The last with Brawn GP last year, but before that 1998 with McLaren. They would have won in 2007 had McLaren not been disqualified for Spy alligations.
|The five condenders are now down to four. From l-r: Hamilton, Alonso, Webber, Button and Vettel.|
Last year's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was won by Sebastian Vettel with Mark Webber second and Jenson Button third.
- If fourth, Alonso must also hope Webber doesn't take top spot.
- If tenth, he must hope that Webber doesn't come in the top five, Vettel doesn't come first or second.
- If Alonso fails to score, he must hope that Webber doesn't finish in the top five and Vettel in the top two. He must also hope that Lewis Hamilton can't win.
"The main goal for us is to be on pole on Saturday and then win the race on Sunday. If we cannot do that, if we are not quick enough, then we will try to be second. With that, the problem is finished." Fernando Alonso
- If he comes second, he must hope that Vettel does not win and Alonso finishes below fifth.
“P1 [in Brazil] would have been nice but it was not possible. But I’m still in the hunt and it’s nice for me to come back after a poor race in Korea. I’m still in with a big chance, so I’ll go [to Abu Dhabi] and do my best.” Mark Webber
For Sebastian Vettel to win the 2010 Championship:
- If he comes second, he must hope that Alonso finishes ninth or below and Webber finishes below fifth.
- If Vettel finishes third or below, he cannot mathematically become world champion.
"In my case, it is pretty straightforward - all I can do is optimise my result, ideally repeat the result we achieved today and then it depends where those two guys are. For sure, you will have to judge according to the situation. Both of us, we know how to react. We had some moments we're not very proud of and which we don't want to repeat." Sebastian Vettel
For Lewis Hamilton to win the 2010 championship.
"We weren't quick enough here and we won't be quick enough in Abu Dhabi. Realistically, we need a miracle.” Lewis Hamilton
As it stands:
1. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 246 points
2. Mark Webber Red Bull 238 points
3. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 231 points
4. Lewis Hamilton McLaren 222 points
5. Jenson Button McLaren 199 points
6. Felipe Massa Ferrari 143 points
7. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 130 points
8. Robert Kubica Renault 126 points
9. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 72 points
10. Rubens Barrichello Williams 47 points
Key - 1st - 25 pts, 2nd - 18 pts, 3rd - 15 pts, 4th - 12 pts, 5th - 10 pts, 6th - 8 pts, 7th - 6 pts, 8 - 4 pts, 9 - 2 pts, 10 - 1 pt.
The most interesting championship permutation is if Vettel wins, Webber second, and Alonso fifth. That would mean that each of the three drivers end the season equal on 256 points. In such a scenario, the champion would be decided by countback of wins, then seconds, then thirds, and so on. Vettel and Alonso would be equal on wins, equal on second places, equal on thirds. Then as Alonso would have 2 fourth placed finishes, and Vettel 3, Vettel would be 2010 world champion.
This is just one of around 1000 possibilities of how the championship will end.
The final race of the season is in Abu Dhabi this weekend. Qualifying is at 12:15 on Saturday afternoon (BBC1). The race itself on Sunday afternoon at 12:10.
More build up to the championship finale will be posted here throughout the week.