End of the 2014 season is almost here, just the Brazilian GP and Abu Dhabi GP left to go.
It is now inevitable that the World Drivers’ Championship will be won by a Mercedes driver in Abu Dhabi. Ricciardo can no longer win the championship and Hamilton cannot win it in Brazil no matter where he/Rosberg finish, so it will go to the final race.
There is a fantastic table that I found on Reddit by timcolin (below) that shows the scenarios of who would win the championship if Rosberg/Hamilton came first, second, third or retired in the remaining two races.
The Autódromo José Carlos Pace, or Interlagos, has hosted 31 F1 GPs previously, the 32nd this weekend, 11 (35.48%) have been won from pole position, 13 (41.94%) from second on the grid, making it the only track on the calendar with 10+ races where more races have been won from second than from first and just one of two (Magny-Cours the other) in F1 history.
The track is 4.309km long with 15 corners, 71 racing laps, the joint most in 2014, and a 305.939km long race, the fifth shortest. 21 drivers have won at Interlagos, Michael Schumacher, 4 wins, and Ferrari, 8 wins, are most successful at the track, but the lap record was set by Juan Pablo Montoya’s Williams in 2004 with a time of 1:11.473.
If Hamilton wins the Brazilian GP then he will have to retire in Abu Dhabi for Rosberg to have any chance of winning the title.
The Silly Stats
Emerson Fittipaldi’s 70s sideburns are around 3 inches long, you’d need 56,548 sideburns to lap around Interlagos and 31,168,495 sideburns to completely cover the track.
Ayrton Senna first won at Interlagos in his McLaren MP4/6, you would need 6,329 of them to cover the Interlagos track surface.