Six stages before the end of the season, Max Verstappen is ahead of the closest pursuer Charles Leclerc by 116 points in the individual standings. Already following the results of the next race in Singapore on October 2, the Red Bull Racing driver can guarantee himself the 2022 title ahead of schedule.
However, this requires the fulfillment of several conditions, and not all of them depend on Max. Verstappen needs to create a sufficient lead in points not only from Leclerc, but also from his teammate Sergio Perez, who has not yet lost the mathematical chances of winning the championship.
The first prerequisite for Verstappen’s early title already in Singapore is Max’s victory in the race. With any other result of Verstappen, the fight will continue at the Japanese Grand Prix.
The second mandatory condition is that full points must be awarded for winning the race, i.e. 25. If the distance of the race is less than 75% of the planned distance, then the winner will receive 19 points, which Max will not have enough. In the case of Singapore, the winner must complete at least 46 laps to receive 25 points.
The fulfillment of two mandatory conditions in Singapore does not yet guarantee an early title for Max, but will significantly bring him closer to the goal, the achievement of which will already depend, among other things, on the results of rivals.
If Verstappen wins the race and shows the best lap, then Leclerc needs to finish no higher than eighth and Sergio Pérez no higher than fourth to win the championship. If Max does not make the best lap of the race, then Leclerc must finish no higher than ninth and Pérez no higher than fourth or no higher than fifth if he makes the best lap.
If these conditions are not met, then the fight for the title will continue at the stage in Japan. In any case, given the advantage of Max in the individual standings, he is practically guaranteed to win the championship at the end of the season – the question is how quickly this will happen.
In the Constructors’ Championship, Red Bull Racing is 139 points ahead of Ferrari. Under no circumstances does Red Bull Racing guarantee itself an early victory already in Singapore.
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