Brazil win gives Rosberg fighting chance in F1 championship
The double-points on offer in Abu Dhabi meant that Nico Rosberg knew he would head to the last race with a chance of catching teammate Lewis Hamilton whatever happened at the Brazil Grand Prix.
However, collecting the win at Interlagos means the German’s chances are even better of making good on his 3/1 odds to win the drivers’ championship.
Hamilton remains favourite at 2/9, and will win his second title if he finishes second or better in Abu Dhabi whatever Rosberg does.
The Brit’s odds are understandably short, as Mercedes have locked out the top two podium spots in each of the past four races and 11 times in total this season.
However, the double-points on offer in Abu Dhabi gives Rosberg a better chance than he would have in any other season.
Hamilton is currently 17 points ahead of his teammate, which means he has to finish second if Rosberg wins the final race under the double-points system.
If there was only single-points on offer, Hamilton could finish as low as sixth to win the drivers championship even if Rosberg topped the podium.
The British driver, who had won five races in a row before being beaten by Rosberg in Brazil, is the favourite to win in Abu Dhabi at 5/6.
Rosberg is 5/4 to finish first, with all other drivers priced at 22/1 and over due to Mercedes’ dominance.
Only one other person – Daniel Ricciardo – has won a race all season. The Red Bull driver is 25/1 to be victorious in the season’s last outing.
The Yas Marina circuit has hosted five Grand Prix in its history, with Sebastien Vettel winning three times.
Hamilton has topped the podium in Abu Dhabi before – back in 2011 – while Rosberg finished third last season.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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