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What does Lewis Hamilton need to do to retain his F1 world championship?

The battle will go down to the final race. Credit: PA

The race for the F1 world championship will go down to the wire after Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton triumphed in the penultimate race in Brazil.

Hamilton came out on top in a rain-affected afternoon at Interlagos, while Rosberg once again finished second to stay ahead in the standings.

It means that Rosberg has a 12-point cushion going into the final race in Abu Dhabi on November 27, but Hamilton can still catch his Mercedes teammate if things go his way.

We look at the possible permutations.

  • What does Hamilton need to do to win the Championship?
Lewis Hamilton celebrates his win in Brazil yesterday. Credit: XPB/XPB Images/Press Association Images

Despite winning three races in a row, the odds are still stacked against Hamilton retaining his title.

He would realistically need to win again in Abu Dhabi to give himself any chance, and even that may not be enough.

If Hamilton is victorious, he will have to pray that Rosberg finishes fourth or worst, while if Hamilton finishes second, Rosberg would only need to finish sixth or better to claim the championship.

Fifth place or below for Hamilton would definitely hand Rosberg the title.

The likelihood is that Rosberg will be the new champion. Credit: XPB/XPB Images/Press Association Images
  • What does Rosberg need to do to win the Championship?

It would come as a great surprise if Rosberg didn't win his maiden title, with the German showing the most consistent form of all the drivers this season.

If he betters Hamilton's result in Abu Dhabi, then the championship is definitely his, while he can also afford to finish as low as third and still win.

If Hamilton cannot finish higher than fifth, then Rosberg will be crowned the new champion regardless of his own performance.