Who will win the F1 Drivers’ Championship?

September 30, 2016

- Grant Whittington

After a long and challenging season, there are now just six F1 races left to determine who will win the coveted, Drivers’ Championship. While there is no doubt that the champion will emerge from one of the two McClaren drivers, the likely identity of the eventual winner continues to remain a source of huge debate.

At present, German Nico Rosberg holds the edge in the title race, with an eight-point lead over the defending champion Lewis Hamilton. Rosberg also appears to have the momentum firmly with him after a troubling few weeks for his rival, who has failed to win a race since the F1 German Grand Prix at the end of July.

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In many ways, a victory for Rosberg should come as no real surprise given how the season has unfolded. The German won the first four races, for example, as Hamilton endured a disastrous start that left his title defence in tatters. In fact, Hamilton didn’t record a victory until the sixth race and the F1 Monaco Grand Prix on the 29th May, although this triggered an impressive run of six wins in seven outings that ultimately took him to the top of the standings.

A penalty earned during qualifying for the F1 Belgian Grand Prix triggered another decline for the Britain, who has failed to win in his last three outings allowing Rosberg to steal a definitive march.

Given Hamilton’s wildly inconsistent performances, and the fact that Rosberg has won more races than anyone this season (eight), the German seems well-placed to romp home. He has certainly capitalised on his rivals’ recent slump and declining confidence, building significant momentum and a potentially decisive eight-point advantage. His victory in the Singapore Grand Prix was also as impressive as it was keenly-contested, underlining why his status as the favourite to win the Drivers’ Championship is fully justified.

The Case for Hamilton and his enduring Genius

While all would be lost for any other driver, however, we must remember that Hamilton is a uniquely gifted operator whose natural talent, will-to-win and winning mentality remain legendary within the sport. His run to secure third from the back of the grid during the Belgian Grand Prix was a testament these attributes, while such characteristics also make it impossible to rule him out of contention.

Make no mistake; Rosberg is a talented and consistent driver who has an outstanding team behind him. Hamilton is a genius with the same support, however, and if he can hone his mind and discover some consistency in the final stages of the season then he can secure an unlikely victory.

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