It is almost certain that Lewis Hamilton will win the 2019 Formula One Championship. However, it is a matter of when he will win, rather than will he win the title. With 4 races left on the calendar, time is running out for Valtteri Bottas to catch him.
As the paddock reaches the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez for the Mexican Grand Prix 2019, Hamilton can wrap up the title here. The only question is, where must Bottas finish to delay Hamilton’s title celebrations?
If Lewis Hamilton wins in Mexico with a fastest lap, Bottas needs to finish anywhere in the top 4. The Finn’s quest could also be aided by the bonus point for the fastest lap. Lewis Hamilton currently has a 64-point lead over team mate Valtteri Bottas.
Bottas must finish fourth or higher if Lewis Hamilton wins but fails to take the fastest lap bonus point. If the world champion elect leaves Mexico with a lead of at least 78 points, he will have won the world championship again.
If Hamilton takes second place in the race, Valtteri Bottas to finish anywhere in the top 7.
Bottas must finish eighth or higher if Hamilton finishes third and takes fastest lap bonus point.
Bottas must finish ninth or higher if Hamilton finishes third but does not take the fastest lap bonus point.
Winning a sixth world title would move Hamilton ahead of Juan Manuel Fangio into a clear second place in the history books, leaving him just one shy of matching Michael Schumacher’s all-time record (7).
Hamilton has admitted that he is in no hurry to win: “I think for me it’s never been a case of always wanting to rush things.
“Valtteri’s driven well all year long, he’s done a great job today and he will most likely do a very very solid job these next races, so we still have a battle, the fight continues.
“I think Mexico is generally our worst race of the year because of the way our car is set up and it’s going to be a tough one for us. The last few have been pretty shocking, even though we’ve won the title there.
“I’m hoping for a better weekend but I think it’s going to be very hard to beat the Ferraris with those long straights.