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Now The Title Fight Is Over, Can It Be A Six-Way Fight For The Win?
This weekend we will see the penultimate round of the 2018 Formula One Season. Lewis Hamilton is the 2018 World Champion and occupies pole position, followed by Vettel, Bottas and Raikkonen, with the four drivers being separated by just 0.15 seconds in qualifying.
A FOUR WAY FIGHT FOR THE WIN?
After the close qualifying yesterday, we have four drivers all wanting a win for very different reasons. Lewis Hamilton hasn't won a race since Japan, which is a long time for him, but for Sebastian Vettel, he hasn't been able to take the top spot since Spa, and will want to have some momentum going into the 2019 season.
As for the second drivers, Valtteri Bottas hasn't been able to take a win yet this year despite a pole position in Russia, but seven second places show what could have been for the Finn. Despite these great results, he is under pressure already for his seat in 2020 from Esteban Ocon, and will want to take his first win of 2018 to become the sixth different winner in 2018.
And Kimi Raikkonen, who took that amazing win in Austin, will want another win as this will probably be one of the last opportunities for a win in his illustrious career as he moves to Sauber next year.
FERRARI ON AN ALTERNATIVE STRATEGY
Ferrari gambled in Q2 and it payed off. They sent both of their drivers out on the harder compounds and now will be starting on the soft tyres, whilst Mercedes will be starting on the Super-Softs.
This will mean they'll be able to go for longer, but obviously both teams will run both tyres as this is a one-stop race, but it could help The Prancing Horses because they will have less load on the SS tyres when they run them because they would have burnt more fuel. All of this will make for an interesting race, especially when you consider there isn't a huge amount of difference between the two tyres.
SAUBER TO SCORE BIG POINTS?
Marcus Ericsson took his best qualifying result in his F1 career with sixth place at what could be the penultimate race in his F1 career. His team-mate lines up in seventh, and if Sauber could finish there, then they would score a huge fourteen points, which would propell them in front of Force India for seventh place in the constructors championships. That would be quite a storyline.
THE WOODEN SPOON UP FOR GRABS
Brendan Hartley, Sergey Sirotkin and Lance Stroll are all in with a shout of collecting the unwanted wooden spoon title. Sirotkin is on one point, Hartley four and Stroll on six. Sirotkin is probably likely to take the title, but if he scores highly in Brazil then the other two could take it.
A FERRARI 1-2?
Ferrari want a title this year, and the constructors title is the only one left, but they are 55 points behind with just two races and this seems a bit of a stretch, but a 1-2 would do nicely.
In FP2 it seemed that Ferrari had two to three tenths advantage over the Mercedes duo and Red Bull, and with the alternative strategy to their German rivals, they could take their first 1-2 since Hungary 2017.