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Rosberg Just Needs Podium in Final Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton’s hopes of securing his third consecutive Formula One Drivers Championship are ebbing away as we head into the final race of the season, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, writes Nick. He is 12 points behind his teammate Nico Rosberg with just one race to go and the German only needs a podium finish to guarantee the title, even if Hamilton wins the race.
Hamilton (pictured) endured a difficult start to the year, failing to win any of the first five races while Rosberg won four of them to open up a commanding lead at the top of the standings. But victory on his home track of Monaco got Hamilton back on course. Now Hamilton trails Rosberg by that 12-point margin despite winning last time in Brazil. Hamilton, who like Rosberg has won nine races this term, was as short as 1/5 just five races ago. If you peruse the bookmakers’ betting comparison table above you can see how the odds now favour Rosberg in a similar way.
Mercedes have been F1’s dominant team over the last two and a half years and while this year’s Drivers and Constructors Championships will surely again be theirs, there are signs their dominance will not be as absolute during the second half of the year. The team themselves have said as much in the face of increasing competition from Red Bull.
The Milton Keynes-based team finished fourth in the constructors championship last season in what was their worst finish since 2008. But bolstered by improvements to their Renault power unit, they have begun to establish themselves as Mercedes’ closest challengers. Max Verstappen’s win in Spain was the only non-Mercedes victory during the first half of the year and they now look to have relegated Ferrari to a fairly distant third place on pace.
Red Bull can be expected to challenge for victories at circuits where drivability is more important than outright top-line speed during the second half of the year.
Force India have made impressive and steady progress in recent years. They finished sixth in 2014, fifth in 2015 and are now in a battle with Williams to finish fourth in 2016. They recovered from a slow start to come on strong during the second half of last season, with only three teams scoring more points than them after the summer break. With Williams seemingly headed backwards, Force India look well placed to push on and finish fourth.
Sergio Perez is attracting interest from the traditionally stronger teams after a run of good results, including two podium finishes, during the first half of the year. In an updated car, he can be fancied to reach the podium once or twice more between now and the end of the season.
Further down the field, changes in the running order have gradually been seen due to the fact that some teams have continued to develop their cars while others have instead switched focus to next year’s designs.
Toro Rosso scored three double-points finishes in the first five races and while Carlos Sainz has continued to rack up consistent top-10 placings he may struggle to keep that up. The team are using last year’s Ferrari power unit and with Renault and Honda making strides in improving performance, their ability to compete will lessen as the season wears on.
In contrast, the Honda-powered McLaren team have only got stronger as the season has progressed. Their aim of finishing in the top five in the constructors championship looks a little over ambitious, but they can certainly be fancied to secure some solid points finishes in the remaining races. Reliability looks to be their only real concern at this stage.
Haas made a highly impressive start to their debut season in the sport with points finishes in three of the opening four races. The American team have, however, found top-10 finishes harder to come by since and seem to be falling behind in the development race.
Renault have been handicapped by a chassis that was initially designed to incorporate a Mercedes engine prior to their takeover of the former Lotus team. While continued improvements to the Renault power unit may well see them jump ahead of some of the other lower placed teams, points are only likely to come due to retirements ahead of him.
Manor have a car that is very quick in a straight line and two young and competitive drivers. However, it is only really at the power circuits such as Monza that they can be expected to trouble the top 10. Finally, Sauber struggled for pace throughout the first half of the year and were the only team without a point going into the summer break. Time will tell whether a planned upgrade, including a new front wing, can lift them up the field.
So at the business end of the Drivers’ Title, it looks set to be a straight battle between the Mercedes Drivers if the bookies’ betting is to be believed. We have been warning all along that Hamilton was too short in the odds, and even now the bookmakers seem sure he will find a way to make Rosberg sweat with just five races remaining.