Nico Rosberg will be crowned Formula 1 world champion if he wins the Brazilian Grand Prix this weekend, however if Lewis Hamilton wins this race, the fight will definitely go the final race in the 2016 calendar, Abu Dhabi.

Rosberg is in prime position to win a maiden F1 title, currently leading Mercedes team-mate Hamilton by 19 points heading to the Brazil GP where a win for the German would see him crowned F1 champion.

The German driver has the luxury of knowing that he doesn't have to win a GP in order to beat Hamilton to the title, just make sure that he finishes the Brazilian GP in the points.

Poor track record

Unfortunately for Lewis Hamilton, he has never won the Brazilian GP, a long-running sequence that almost certainly needs to end this weekend. Hamilton has raced at this famous track nine times and nine times he has failed to come away with a victory.

Although the Brit has enjoyed some success in Brazil, back in 2008 he clinched his first world title in a dramatic twist of events on final corner of the season, despite finishing the race that day in fifth position.

The reigning world champion has finished second in the last two Brazilian GP's but Hamilton needs to go one better this season, in order to take the title battle down to the final race of 2016 in Abu Dhabi on November 27.


Another issue for Hamilton in Brazil is being outperformed by his team-mates, normally it is the other way around but at Interlagos his colleagues have left Hamilton behind.

Rosberg has recorded back-to-back wins at the 2014 and 2015 races, both times Hamilton was forced to take the runners-up spot, then back in 2012 Jenson Button took advantage of Hamilton's collision with Nico Hulkenberg to claim the victory.

Hamilton has recently landed in the Brazil, ahead of Sundays race.

How the Leaderboard looks

Nico Rosberg - 349 points

Lewis Hamilton - 330

Daniel Ricciardo - 242

Sebastian Vettel - 187

Kimi Raikkonen - 178

Hamilton certainly has his work cut out to defend his Formula 1 title but anything can happen in this sport.