Formula 1 title permutations: how Max Verstappen can win second championship at the Singapore GP

Max Verstappen has to beat Charles Leclerc by 22 points, Sergio Perez by 13 and George Russell by six to claim the title in Singapore; it would be the earliest coronation in 20 years and the second earliest in Formula 1 history; watch the Singapore GP live on Sky Sports F1 on Sunday at 1pm

Last update: 09/24/22 16:39

Max Verstappen has to win this weekend's Singapore GP for a chance to claim the title there

Max Verstappen has to win this weekend’s Singapore GP for a chance to claim the title there

Max Verstappen will get his first shot at a second Formula 1 world championship at the Singapore GP, with a brilliant run putting the Dutchman in title contention earlier in 20 years.

The Red Bull driver, on a career-best run of five consecutive wins, is 116 points clear of former title rival Charles Leclerc with six races remaining, while team-mate Sergio Perez is a further nine points behind. .

Mercedes driver George Russell is the only other driver still in mathematical contention for the 2022 crown, 132 points behind Verstappen.

Verstappen’s lead means he can wrap up his title defense at the Singapore GP, albeit an unlikely scenario.

Verstappen insists he is not yet thinking about when he is likely to win the drivers' championship and successfully defend his title.

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Verstappen insists he is not yet thinking about when he is likely to win the drivers’ championship and successfully defend his title.

Verstappen insists he is not yet thinking about when he is likely to win the drivers’ championship and successfully defend his title.

With five races remaining after Singapore and a maximum of 138 points available – 26 for a race won with a fast lap and an extra eight for the Sprint race at the penultimate Brazilian GP – Verstappen has to beat Leclerc by 22 points, Pérez by 13 and Russell. by six to claim the championship.

That means Verstappen has to win the race, while also needing a disastrous night under the lights of Singapore for Leclerc and Ferrari, as well as his teammate finishing on the podium.

How Verstappen can win the title at the Singapore GP

  • If you win the race with a fastest lap (26 points) and Leclerc finishes 8th (4 points) or less and Pérez finishes 4th (12 points) or less
  • If you win the race without a fastest lap (25 points) and Leclerc finishes 9th (2 points) or less and Pérez finishes 4th (12 points) or less without a fastest lap or 5th with a fastest lap (11 points)
Verstappen celebrated with his Red Bull teammates and home fans after taking victory at the Dutch Grand Prix.

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Verstappen celebrated with his Red Bull teammates and home fans after taking victory at the Dutch Grand Prix.

Verstappen celebrated with his Red Bull teammates and home fans after taking victory at the Dutch Grand Prix.

The F1 drivers’ title has only been won with five races remaining twice before.

Michael Schumacher holds the record, claiming his fifth crown with six races remaining in the 2002 season, while Nigel Mansell won his championship a decade earlier with five rounds to go.

Verstappen has a chance to join Mansell, although a Japanese GP crowning the following week seems more likely, and only two drivers (Schumacher, 2001, 2004, Sebastian Vettel, 2011) have won the championship with four races remaining.

Take a look at the most fascinating battles between Charles Leclerc and Verstappen so far this season in their quest to become world champion.

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Take a look at the most fascinating battles between Charles Leclerc and Verstappen so far this season in their quest to become world champion.

Take a look at the most fascinating battles between Charles Leclerc and Verstappen so far this season in their quest to become world champion.

Verstappen would have to leave Suzuka with a 112-point lead to do so, meaning he can drop points to his closest rivals in the next two races and still head to the United States GP as champion.

As for the constructors’ standings, Red Bull cannot wrap up its first team championship since 2013 yet.

Red Bull is 139 points ahead of Ferrari and 174 ahead of Mercedes, with 235 points remaining to play for after the Singapore GP.

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