How Lewis Hamilton can win sixth F1 world title at US Grand Prix today

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Lewis Hamilton competes in the United States Grand Prix today but what does the Mercedes star need to do in order to clinch a sixth F1 World Drivers’ Championship?

Lewis Hamilton can seal his sixth world title today at the second time of asking.

The Mercedes star won the Mexican Grand Prix last week but team-mate Valtteri Bottas ensured the title race rolled over to Austin.

Hamilton needed to outscore Bottas by 14 points in Mexico but the Finn finished third to keep himself ever so slightly in contention.

“I don’t mind [waiting for the championship],” Hamilton said afterwards.

“I love racing and I take it one race at a time. This is a race I’ve wanted to win for some time so I’m incredibly humbled by today’s opportunity.”

The United States Grand Prix is the first of the final three races of the season.

And with Hamilton now on the brink of glory, he insists he can still get even better.

He said: “I never thought I would have five titles. If I am able to get a sixth one, it will be pretty unreal.

“I don’t think I’ve hit peak yet and I plan to continue to get stronger.”

What Hamilton needs to do to win sixth F1 title

Following the events in Mexico, Hamilton leads his Mercedes team-mate by 74 points.

A maximum of 52 points are up for grabs after today’s action, meaning Bottas’ only hope taking the title race to Brazil is by winning the United States Grand Prix.

If Bottas takes victory (25 points), with or without the fastest lap (1 point) in Austin, Hamilton will win the title by finishing eighth or higher.

The British star will also be crowned champion if Bottas fails to win the race.

Should the Finn win the race with no fastest lap, Hamilton can also seal the championship by finishing ninth (2 points) with the fastest lap (1 point).

Bottas starts the United States Grand Prix on pole, with Hamilton in fifth after struggling in qualifying.

The race gets underway at 7.10pm GMT and fans can watch the action live on Sky Sports F1.

I never thought I would have five titles. If I am able to get a sixth one, it will be pretty unreal.

What Hamilton needs to do to win sixth F1 title

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