The Drivers' and Constructors' World Championships are already in play in Formula 1, but with two races to go before the end of the season, several issues have yet to be resolved. Here are some of them.
– A victory for Mercedes?
World champion for the past eight seasons, Mercedes has noticeably missed its mark with the implementation of new technical regulations. Thus, she is still looking for a first victory this season, otherwise she will end a series of 10 consecutive campaigns with at least one triumph.
Lewis Hamilton came close in Mexico, but he had to give in to the extraordinary form of Max Verstappen. The Briton could also see his own streak – 16 campaigns with at least one win – come to an end. It would be the first year in his F1 career without reaching the top step of the podium.
– A fight to finish
Annoyed by reliability issues, the he French Alpine team must fight for fourth place in the standings. If the single-seaters in blue and pink seem resolutely faster than those in orange from McLaren, the fight is nevertheless very present.
The team of Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon lead by seven points despite seven retirements. That's four more than McLaren.
– Another fight to finish
Further up the standings, Aston Martin could also gain a position in the standings. A recent return to form saw Lance Stroll's team move from ninth to seventh, and sixth-placed AlphaTauri sit just four points clear.
However, the performance of the English team is up and down; after placing at least one driver in the top 8 in Singapore, Japan and the United States, she was unable to extricate herself from the first qualifying session in Mexico.
– A suspension for Gasly?
Pierre Gasly, who will move from AlphaTauri to Alpine next season, has accumulated penalties this season. In particular, he committed two faults at the expense of Stroll, so that he has 10 penalty points on his super license.
Another misstep could earn him a one-race suspension. Given the fight against Aston Martin in the standings, the situation could be disastrous.
– Inflate the record
To all lords, all honor. Verstappen set a new mark in F1 history in Mexico with 14 wins in one season. The Dutchman, now double world champion, could increase his record to 16 victories.
According to the current state of forces, few obstacles should stand in his way.
The Brazilian and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix will take place on November 13 and 20, respectively.
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