How Max Verstappen can wrap up the title in Singapore

Max Verstappen’s victory on the Italian Grand Prix continued his seemingly unstoppable cost in direction of a second world title. Though Charles Leclerc, Sergio Perez, George Russell and Carlos Sainz are all nonetheless mathematically within the title race, Verstappen’s lead on the high of the championship is now so huge that it’s a matter of when, and never if, he’s topped champion.

His 116-point lead over Leclerc in second place implies that even when Leclerc took all the 164 factors left on supply on the last six races, Verstappen would solely have to attain 48 factors in the identical time period to be topped champion by the tip of the season. Meaning he might end in sixth place in any respect the remaining races and nonetheless take the title or retire from 4 races and safe the championship by ending first and second on the different two.

Contemplating he has scored 154 factors within the final six races and Leclerc has managed simply 81 factors, the one factor seemingly able to stopping Verstappen is a scenario the place he’s dominated out of 5 or all the remaining six races.

The scale of Verstappen’s lead within the championship additionally means he might win the title on the subsequent spherical in Singapore. Tying it up on the following race in Japan is extra probably, however here is how he could make it occur on the night time race on Oct. 2.


In an effort to be topped champion in Singapore, Verstappen should prolong his lead over his nearest rival to 138 factors by the tip of the race.

He at present has a 116 level lead over Leclerc, a 125 level lead over teammate Perez, a 132 level lead over Russell and a 148 level lead over Sainz. Because of this, to win the title in Singapore he might want to outscore Leclerc by 22 factors, Perez by 13 factors, Russell by six factors and lose not more than 10 factors to Sainz.

The factors hole to Leclerc implies that, in an effort to safe the title, Verstappen should win the race in Singapore after which depend on the next outcomes for his two closest rivals…

Verstappen turns into champion in Singapore if he wins and secures quickest lap with…
Leclerc ending eighth or decrease and
Perez ending fourth or decrease

Verstappen turns into champion in Singapore if he wins and would not safe quickest lap with…
Leclerc ending ninth or decrease no matter quickest lap and
Perez ending fourth or decrease with out the quickest lap or fifth or decrease with quickest lap

Each eventualities are doable, though they require Leclerc to have an unusually poor race and Perez, in the identical automotive as Verstappen, to complete off the rostrum.


If the championship stays alive after Singapore, Verstappen will be capable of wrap up the title in Japan so long as he has a 112 level lead over his nearest rival on the finish of the race.

That could be a more likely final result as he already has a 116 level lead and subsequently by merely sustaining or extending his benefit over the subsequent two races, he shall be topped champion in Japan.

He may also afford to drop the next quantity of factors to his rivals over the subsequent two races and nonetheless be topped champion in Japan:

  • 4 factors to Leclerc

  • 9 factors to Perez

  • 16 factors to Russell

  • 44 factors to Sainz

Meaning a victory at one of many remaining races and second place on the different will safe the title for Verstappen whatever the outcomes of different drivers or he can safe the title with a victory at one race, a 3rd place on the different and a single quickest lap. After all, he might nonetheless be topped champion in Japan with worse outcomes if his rivals fail to maximise their very own outcomes.

If Leclerc takes two consecutive wins over the subsequent two races it is going to assure the title race continues past Suzuka and the identical is true if Perez takes two consecutive victories. Nevertheless, barring a exceptional run of unhealthy luck for Verstappen, the title would probably be secured at one of many following rounds in both america or Mexico.

Is it uncommon for a championship to be determined so early within the season?

If Verstappen wins the title in Singapore, he’ll achieve this with 5 races remaining within the season. The earliest a driver has even gained the title was in 2002 when Michael Schumacher clinched it on the French Grand Prix in July with six races remaining (though that was in a season of 17 races and beneath a distinct factors system when solely the highest six scored).

Nigel Mansell gained in 1992 with 5 races remaining in a 16-race season.

All through Lewis Hamilton’s current interval of dominance, he by no means wrapped up a title with greater than three races remaining — a feat he achieved in 2015 and 2020. Nevertheless, previous to Mercedes’ current dominance, Sebastian Vettel gained the 2011 title for Pink Bull with 4 races remaining — a quantity Schumacher additionally achieved in 2001 and 2004.

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