Lewis Hamilton is closing in on a first wing Formula 1 domain but how soon before the close of the season can he clinch the crown?
The Mercedes drivers ninth victory of this year in Russia moved ahead him 73 points clear and 107 points of next-nearest challenger Charles Leclerc.
There are 130 things to play for with five races .
Hamilton cant clinch the title – however he can knock contention that is mathematical and all drivers bar Bottas apart.
With 104 points still on offer in the four races following Japan, Leclerc will have to outscore Hamilton by four points along with Max Verstappen will have to take seven things from this Englishman, while Sebastian Vettel takes a 25-point swing in Sundays race, which begins at 6.10m on Sky Sports F1.
However, Bottas would be in the search even if he murdered and Hamilton chose the maximum 26 points for win and fastest lap.
With six more wins than any other driver in 2019, Hamilton is guaranteed to win on countback were he to end the year tied to points with anybody.
Hamilton needs to finish that weekend of their nearest challenger to become champion at the GP on October 27.
So that means he must improve his present advantage by five points or more. Seventy-eight points would be sufficient to perform it because , as previously mentioned , any tie-breaker is won by him.
Mercedes unexpected one-two final time out in Sochi has opened the chance for them to clinch a sixth Constructors Championship Sunday when this at Suzuka.
The Brackley team direct Ferrari by 162 issues using no more than 220 left to play for.
With just 176 left following Suzuka, their edge should increase from 14 points this weekend to become winners more, with four races to spare.
Just Ferrari (1999-2004) have won six constructors titles in a row, but no team has secured six consecutive championship doubles (drivers and constructors).
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