The last race of the 2016 Formula 1 season is coming up on November 27 at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and defending World Drivers’ champion Lewis Hamilton is still in the hunt. Hamilton is 12 points back of Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in the Drivers’ standings. Under the F1 points system established in 2010, Hamilton can still overtake Rosberg, but he’s a +350 underdog to do so.
Two-time and defending F1 Drivers’ champion Lewis Hamilton can make it three straight with a strong performance at this year’s final race, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on November 27. But Hamilton is 12 points behind Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, so Rosberg can clinch the title with a podium finish.
At the same time, Rosberg (–550) can secure the Drivers’ Championship by finishing at least third, and that seems very likely. Rosberg won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last year, and he made the podium in each of his last eight races. Hamilton and Rosberg have finished 1-2 in three straight events; Hamilton is –175 to win again at Abu Dhabi, while Rosberg is +225.
Only two other F1 drivers have seen the checkered flag this year, both from Red Bull Racing: Max Verstappen, who won the Spanish Grand Prix, and Daniel Ricciardo, who won the Malaysian Grand Prix. They’re tied as the third favorites for Abu Dhabi at +1200. Four-time Drivers’ champion Sebastien Vettel, who moved from Red Bull to Ferrari last year, is also in the mix at +1600.