The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team is in the running to secure the 2016 constructors’ championship at next weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix.
Mercedes currently leads the constructors’ standings by 222 points and needs to finish within seven points of closest rivals Red Bull in Sepang and within 22 points of Ferrari to secure the title for a third consecutive season.
To put it simply, a victory and any other points-scoring position would secure the title for Mercedes, as would second and third if Red Bull win. However, if Red Bull finishes first and second or first and third, it can guarantee Mercedes’ champagne celebrations will be put on ice for at least another round.
Mercedes has won (and had the other driver finish in the points) at every race this season apart from the Spanish Grand Prix when Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton collided.
Last year Mercedes won the title a round earlier at the 15th race of the season, but the calendar was two races shorter. But the longer calendar also means that if Mercedes wins in Malaysia it will do so with one extra race remaining than it had in 2015.
However, the Drivers Championship is a much closer affair with Rosberg leading Hamilton by eight points with six races remaining.