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How Vettel can clinch crown in Singapore

Here is a guide to the various ways in which runaway F1 2011 World Championship leader Sebastian Vettel can clinch the crown in Singapore this weekend - and what his adversaries need to do to stop him
Whilst he might be keen to play the possibility down, the fact remains that runaway F1 2011 World Championship leader Sebastian Vettel can successfully complete the defence of his hard-fought drivers' crown in this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix around the Marina Bay street circuit – but what does he need to do in order to accomplish that?

There are a variety of permutations as to how the Red Bull Racing star can rewrite history once again by becoming the sport's youngest-ever two-time title-winner, and at 112 points out-of-reach of any of his pursuers, it appears to be very much a question of 'when' now rather than 'if' Vettel prevails.

If he outscores closest rival Fernando Alonso by 13 points under the Singaporean spotlights, the German will be champion, whilst at five points further ahead still of his own Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber and McLaren-Mercedes star Jenson Button – and nine more again clear of Lewis Hamilton – his adversaries' daunting task becomes clear.

So, here we go:

If Vettel triumphs in Singapore, Alonso must finish at least third to keep the title battle alive, Webber and Button at least second; Hamilton would be out of the hunt.

If Vettel finishes second, Alonso must be at least seventh to keep the title battle alive, Webber and Button at least fourth; Hamilton would need to win.

If Vettel finishes third, Alonso must be at least eighth to keep the title battle alive, Webber and Button at least sixth, Hamilton at least second.

If Vettel does not finish on the podium, the fight goes on to Japan.



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Wade - Unregistered

September 23, 2011 10:50 AM

So basically Vettel has to win and none of the main drivers, that have been on almost every podium this year in different variations, can't be on there. Yeah, good luck with that. A Mercedes or a Renault would have to get on the podium for Vettel to get the championship here then.

Nuevo - Unregistered

September 22, 2011 8:21 PM

Im not a RB fan at all, but I think Seb is really a good driver..sometimes when someone starts winning a lot, he's open to ridicule..although the RB has something, its really a lot faster than anything else..I think it does nothing to take away from Vettels driving..And again, the more they change the rules, the more boring the racing is..Get rid of testing rules, having to use 2 compounds of tires when teams should decide, drs, whats that, another gimmick? Even bring back refueling, at least we had different strategies..bring back the real F1.



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