USGP preview : Lewis Hamilton looks to secure his fifth championship win in Austin.
The 2018 season is now in its final run of four round of races . In an action-packed and breathless year it seems fitting that we have four races in the final six weeks, although maybe not everyone concerned will agree with such a hectic schedule. Unfortunately, the chances of the championship being alive for much longer are very, very slim.
Still, as we head to the United States Grand Prix the fight is still alive, just. But can Lewis Hamilton add another title to his name with
another win in America? Or can Vettel pull a surprise and delay Hamilton's championship celebrations?
Lewis Hamilton has been absolutely relentless since his victory at the German Grand Prix in July. It doesn't look good for Sebastian Vettel to even extend his small mathematical chances until the Mexican Grand Prix next week.
Since Singapore, Mercedes have enjoyed a comfortable pace advantage over Ferrari and have scored 1-2 in Russia and Japan. Another Hamilton led 1-2 for the Silver Arrows here and it will be all over and Hamilton will have matched Juan Manuel Fangio's five titles. It probably looks the most likely outcome.
How can Vettel keep his title hopes alive?
If Hamilton is... ...then Vettel needs to be
2nd 4th or higher
3rd 6th or higher
4th 7th or higher
5th 8th or higher
6th 10th or higher
The fight goes on
Hamilton unbeatable at the Circuit of the Americas?
Another obstacle Vettel has to overcome if he wants to extend his title fight is the fact that Hamilton is the master of the Circuit of the Americas.
Admittedly, Mercedes have had the quickest car since 2014 - from when Hamilton remains unbeaten here - but he still had to beat team-mates Nico Rosberg and Valtteri Bottas but he also won here for McLaren in 2012.
That said, Hamilton has been supreme in wet qualifying and races whereas Ferrari have struggled, so it could be a repeat of earlier rounds.
This is how the championship standing looks like.
1. Hamilton 331
2. Vettel 264
3. Bottas 207
4. Raikkonen 196
5. Verstappen 173
6. Ricciardo 146
7. Perez 53
8. Magnussen 53
9. Hulkenberg 53
10. Alonso 50
11. Ocon 49
12. Sainz Jnr 39
13. Grosjean 31
14. Gasly 28
15. Leclerc 21
16. Vandoorne 8
17. Stroll 6
18. Ericsson 6
19. Hartley 2
20. Sirotkin 1
Last updated 7 October 2018 at 08:02