F1 2014 Alternative Championships: Round 18/19 (Brazil) – Rosberg keeps title hopes alive

NICO ROSBERG cut the gap to Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton down to 17 points with victory at last weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix.

Nico Rosberg can still become the second son of a world champion (Keke 1982) to win the title. (telegraph.co.uk)

Nico Rosberg can still become the second son of a world champion (Keke 1982) to win the title. (telegraph.co.uk)

The German team’s 11th one-two of the season surpasses the 10 of McLaren set back in 1988, though there were just 16 races then.

Mercedes have now won 15 races this season, the same amount that McLaren did in 1988 (16 races) and Ferrari did in 2002 (17 races) and 2004 (18 races). They’ve also won six races in a row for the second time this season. If such a record means anything anymore, Mercedes have now scored the highest number of points in a season – 651.

This was Rosberg’s eighth career win, putting him joint 34th on the all-time list with 1967 World Champion Denny Hulme and six-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Jacky Ickx.

Rosberg also won the inaugural FIA Pole Trophy by taking his 10th pole-position of the season during qualifying. Only Ayrton Senna (1988, ’89 & ‘90), Sebastian Vettel (2010 & ‘11), Nigel Mansell (1992), Alain Prost (1993), Jacques Villeneuve (1997), Mika Häkkinen (1999) and Michael Schumacher (2001) have achieved this before.

The good news Simon is that you're not the only person who was scarred by this. (@SimonLazenbySky)

The good news Simon is that you’re not the only person who was scarred by this. (@SimonLazenbySky)

1935 European Drivers’ Championship.

Position

Driver

Points

1

Lewis Hamilton (44)

38

2

Nico Rosberg (6)

41

3

Daniel Ricciardo (3)

63

4

Valtteri Bottas (77)

66

5

Kevin Magnussen (20)

71

6

Jenson Button (22)

71

7

Fernando Alonso (14)

73

8

Sebastian Vettel (1)

75

9

Kimi Räikkönen (7)

75

10

Nico Hülkenberg (27)

77

11

Felipe Massa (19)

79

12

Jean-Éric Vergne (25)

79

13

Romain Grosjean (8)

79

14

Daniil Kvyat (26)

79

15

Esteban Gutiérrez (21)

81

16

Sergio Pérez (11)

83

17

Pastor Maldonado (13)

85

18

Adrian Sutil (99)

85

19

Max Chilton (4)

89

20

Jules Bianchi (17)

90

21

Marcus Ericsson (9)

92

22

Kamui Kobayashi (10)

98

23

André Lotterer (45)

143

Par points: 72.

Only Hamilton and Rosberg can still win this title.

1935 European Constructors’ Championship.

Position

Driver

Points

1

Mercedes

79

2

Red Bull

138

3

McLaren

142

4

Williams

145

5

Ferrari

148

6

Toro Rosso

158

7

Force India

160

8

Lotus

164

9

Sauber

166

10

Marussia

179

11

Caterham

189

Par points: 144.

Mercedes are champions.

Rookies’ Championship.

Position

Driver

Points

1

Kevin Magnussen (20)

459

2

Daniil Kvyat (26)

288

3

Marcus Ericsson (9)

174

4

André Lotterer (45)

0

Kevin Magnussen wins this season’s Rookies’ Championship.

Nations’ Championship.

Position

Nation

Points

1

England

376

2

Germany

347

3

Australia

221

4

Finland

199

5

Spain

184

6

Brazil

125

7

Denmark

108

8

Mexico

89

9

France

83

10

Russia

51

11

Venezuela

21

12

Sweden

5

13

Japan

5

Only England and Germany can still win this title.

Chase for the Championship.

Position

Driver

Russia

U.S.A.

Brazil

Abu Dhabi

1

Nico Rosberg (6)

2nd

2nd

1st

2

Lewis Hamilton (44)

1st

1st

2nd

3

Fernando Alonso (14)

6th

6th

6th

Out of Chase

Valtteri Bottas (77)

3rd

5th

10th

Out of Chase

Daniel Ricciardo (3)

7th

3rd

D.N.F.

Kevin Magnussen (20)

5th

8th

Out of Chase

Jenson Button (22)

4th

12th

Sebastian Vettel (1)

8th

Out of Chase

Sergio Pérez (11)

10th

Felipe Massa (19)

11th

The Next Grand Prix…

Next weekend the 2014 Formula 1 season reaches its double-points climax at the Yas Marina Circuit for the sixth running of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Current drivers who have won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (current team unless stated):

  • Sebastian Vettel (3): 2009 (inaugural event), 2010 (clinched first drivers’ title) & 2013.
  • Lewis Hamilton: 2011 (McLaren).
  • Kimi Räikkönen: 2012 (Lotus). First win for Lotus F1.

Current constructors who have won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix:

  • Red Bull (3): 2009, ’10 & ’13.
  • McLaren: 2011.
  • Lotus: 2012.

A special pre-race post will appear in due course.

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