Max Verstappen can be Champion at Singapore
Max Verstappen could be a two-time champion as early as the coming race.
Max Verstappen has had a grand comeback from the shaky beginning of his season, taking a 46-point deficit three races into a current, staggering, 116-point advantage over second place Charles Leclerc.
With only four other drivers being mathematically capable of winning the championship, that being Sergio Perez, Charles Leclerc, Carlos Sainz, and George Russell, the fight for the championship is technically not over, but realistically it is safe to say it is Max's title to win.
With a maximum of 164 points to be won by a driver from now until the end of the season, all drivers listed remain eligible until the streak of wins and fastest laps claimed is broken by whoever begins it. But starting at Singapore there are now criteria for Max to be crowned champion.
The requirements for Max Verstappen to be declared the 2022 F1 world champion encompass him winning the Singapore Grand Prix with the fastest lap point claimed, which would make him champion if Charles Leclerc finishes 8th or lower and if Sergio Perez finishes 4th or lower.
If the fastest lap point is not awarded to Verstappen but he is still the winner of the race, Leclerc must finish 9th or lower and Perez 4th or lower with no fastest lap to be awarded to either driver.
If Verstappen finishes anywhere other than first place, the title challenge will carry on to the Suzuka International Speedway. Although the title is as good as Max's, Checo and Charles are clinging onto life as the only realistic title challengers here. Given they could pull off an upset this would surely go down as one of the best seasons the sport has seen in a while. But for now, we as fans can simply hope the fight prolongs.