We’re down to just two races left in the 2019 Formula One season. The final two events are really just for show as Mercedes has wrapped up the constructors championship while Lewis Hamilton clinched the drivers title two weeks ago in COTA.
Now, it’s time for the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Mercedes Still The Ones To Watch
There’s nothing to really gain for Mercedes over the final two races other than adding more trophies to their collection. Sunday’s race in Brazil is a prime example. They’ve won three straight races on the season and looking to their fourth straight this weekend.
Valtteri Bottas was second in this race in 2017 and has two wins in his last three starts on the season. He also has four consecutive podiums in his No. 77 Mercedes as well.
Lewis Hamilton won this race last year as well as 2016 to go along with four top two finishes in his last five tries. Hamilton, has four consecutive podiums in his No. 44 Mercedes too including three of which being top two’s.
Mercedes has won this race in four of the last five years and should take a fifth in a six year span on Sunday.
Vettel To Play Spoiler?
Sebastian Vettel saw his runner-up streak come to an early end in the United States Grand Prix. Maybe he can get back on track this weekend in Brazil. Vettel, is the only non Mercedes driver to win on the South American road course since 2014. He did so in 2017. He also has 11 straight top six finishes in Brazil including only two podiums in his last five tries though.
On the season, Vettel has three top two finishes in his last five stats.
Don’t Sleep On Red Bull Racing
Max Verstappen earned his first podium two weeks ago in COTA in his last four starts on the season. The Dutchman has two podiums in his last three Brazilian Grand Prix starts including a runner-up just last year. All signs are pointing to a solid effort out of him on Sunday.
His teammate Alex Albon should shine too. Albon, may be a rookie but his strong performance over the last several months have landed him back in this ride for 2020. Albon, enters this weekend having scored points in nine straight races. He also has four straight top five finishes and five in his last seven races. Furthermore, his worst finish since Belgium is fifth.
Red Bull Racing had four wins in a five year span between 2009 and 2013 but none since. Maybe that changes this weekend.
Battle For 3rd-5th
Lewis Hamilton may have clinched the championship but Mercedes is happy that Valtteri Bottas will finish second to give them a 1-2 result in the final standings. Bottas, leads Charles LeClerc by 65 points with only two races remaining.
But, it’s LeClerc through his teammate Sebastian Vettel in fifth where the next best battle is. Spots third through fifth could change here over the final two races.
LeClerc, leads Max Verstappen by 14 points and Vettel by 19. Can he hold them off to be best of the rest?
LeClerc finished seventh in both Brazil and Abu Dhabi last year. He has eight straight top six finishes on the season, seven of which resulting in a top four in his No. 16 Ferrari too.
Verstappen, was second in Brazil last year and has two podiums in his last three starts there. He was fifth in the other. He finished third in Abu Dhabi in 2018 to go along with three straight top fives in the Middle Eastern road course as well. He’s coming off of a third place finish in COTA but has only scored one top five in his last three starts on the season.
Then there’s Vettel. He’s the only non Mercedes to win in Brazil since 2014. He’s also only had two podiums in his last five Brazilian Grand Prix starts too. But, he’s had 11 straight top sixes there too, so look for another on Sunday. Then, it’s to Abu Dhabi where he has three consecutive podiums and five in his last seven tries. He has three top two finishes in his last five starts on the season, where the other two are retirements.
See where this could go either way for these three spots?