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.