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Max Verstappen

How Verstappen can clinch the 2022 F1 World Championship in Singapore

Max Verstappen can seal the 2022 F1 World Championship at the Singapore Grand Prix, but the Dutchman needs other results to go his way.

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Max Verstappen can clinch the 2022 F1 World Championship this weekend if he wins the Singapore Grand Prix and his key rivals don't score major points.

After a run of victories since the summer break putting him on 11 wins from 16 races, the Dutchman now has a 116-point lead over Charles Leclerc, and is 125 points ahead of teammate Sergio Perez, with George Russell a further seven points adrift.

With five races remaining after Singapore and a maximum of 138 points available, Verstappen has to outscore Leclerc by 22 points, Perez by 13 and Russell by six to claim the championship this Sunday.

How Verstappen can win the title at the Singapore GP

Verstappen will win the title if he wins the race with a fastest lap (26 points) and Leclerc finishes eighth (4 points) or lower, and Perez finishes fourth (12 points) or lower.

If Verstappen wins the race but does not set fastest lap (25 points), he will still wrap up the championship if Leclerc finishes ninth (2 points) or lower and Perez finishes fourth (12 points) or lower without a fastest lap or fifth with a fastest lap (11 points).

If Verstappen does not win in Singapore, the title race will remain alive until at least next weekend's Japanese Grand Prix, regardless of where his rivals finish.

Verstappen will have to fight his way through from eighth on the grid if he is to win the title in Singapore, after being forced to abort his final qualifying run due to concerns over a lack of fuel.

By contrast, Leclerc and Perez will be lining up first and second on the grid for Sunday's race around the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

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F1 2022 Singapore Grand Prix RN365 News dossier

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