With the drivers’ title decided last time out in Mexico, Formula One heads to Interlagos for 2018 Brazilian Grand Prix.
The Constructors’ crown however is still up for grabs as Mercedes aim to wrap up a fifth consecutive team title alongside a host of other battles throughout the field.
Circuit: Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace
Number of Laps: 71
Race Distance: 305.909km
Tyres: Mediums, Softs and Supersofts
With a maximum of 86 points available in the constructors’ fight and Mercedes currently 55 points clear, they just need to be 43 points or more clear come chequered flag to wrap up another driver/team title double.
Ferrari realistically needs a 1-2 then it all depends where both Silver Arrows finish because if can outscore by 13 points then the constructor fight goes to Abu Dhabi.
That could be made all the more tougher as rain is forecast to potentially interfere with at least either qualifying or race.
Should it arrive for the race then Sebastian Vettel better to be on pole otherwise Ferrari have a fight on their hands because the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas are strong in the wet.
All pressure therefore is on the Prancing Horse this weekend but will they be commiserating for a second consecutive weekend or celebrating a slim chance of becoming the teams’ champions come Abu Dhabi?
Next year will see Charles Leclerc and Pierre Gasly graduate to Ferrari and Red Bull respectively but in the present, they’re separated by just two points with Gasly ahead on 29 points to Leclerc’s 27.
These next two race weekends could therefore well be key to finding some momentum and upper hands in higher points finish, before they make their moves.
Saying that, Haas’ Romain Grosjean is also catchable on 31 points so Leclerc or Gasly could really bolster their achievements by finishing ahead of Grosjean given his proven calibre.
These next two weekends therefore are going to be decisive in this battle as both drivers prepare for their promotion at end of season.
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