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Sergio Perez

How can Perez secure P2 in the championship in Las Vegas?

Sergio Perez is on the verge of securing second place in the Drivers' Championship - but how can he do so at the Las Vegas Grand Prix?

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Sergio Perez has a chance to secure second place in the Drivers' Championship at the Las Vegas Grand Prix.

It would mark the first time in Red Bull's Formula 1 history that it finishes with a 1-2 in the Drivers' Championship after Max Verstappen tied up the title several races ago.

Lewis Hamilton is currently Perez's only challenger for second place, as Mercedes looks to end the campaign second in the Constructors' Championship ahead of Ferrari.

The seven-time World Champion has faced difficulties in recent races, having crashed out of the Qatar Grand Prix on the opening lap before being disqualified from the classifications in the United States due to excessive wear on his plank.

Currently, Perez holds a 32-point lead over Hamilton in the championship standings, meaning should Hamilton fail to outscore the Red Bull driver by six points, Perez will take second in the standings.

Hamilton must finish the Las Vegas Grand Prix in at least sixth place (or seventh with the extra point for the fastest lap) to bring the fight to Abu Dhabi, if Perez fails to make it into the top 10.

The extra point for the fastest lap could also come into play - for example, if Hamilton wins the race and Perez finishes second with the fastest lap, it would be enough for Perez to take P2 in the standings.

Hamilton's task has been left complicated by a troubled qualifying that saw him drop out of Q2. Hamilton ended the session in 11th but will start the race in 10th due to Carlos Sainz's grid penalty.

Perez also endured a difficult qualifying session and will start the Las Vegas Grand Prix in 12th place.

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