Lewis Hamilton is quickly closing in but before the end of the season can he clinch the crown, around a sixth Formula 1 domain?
The Mercedes driver victory of this year in Russia transferred ahead him 73 points clear along with 107 points of challenger Charles Leclerc.
There are 130 points to play for with five races.
Hamilton cannot clinch the title - but he could knock on all drivers bar Bottas out of contention that is mathematical.
With 104 points on offer in the four races after Japan, Leclerc will have to outscore Hamilton with four points and Max Verstappen will need to take seven points from the Englishman, whereas Sebastian Vettel takes a 25-point swing in Sundays race, and this starts at 6.10am on Sky Sports F1.
But Bottas would be in the search though he murdered and Hamilton took the 26 things for win and fastest lap.
With six more wins than any other driver at 2019, Hamilton is guaranteed to win on countback were he to finish the year tied on points with anybody.
Hamilton needs to finish that weekend of their nearest challenger, to become winner at the Mexican GP on October 27.
So he has to improve his present 73-point advantage by five points or more. Points are enough to perform it because , as mentioned any tie-breaker is won by him.
Mercedes unexpected one-two final time out in Sochi has opened up the possibility for them to clinch a record-equalling sixth Constructors Championship Sunday, when this in Suzuka.
The Brackley team lead Ferrari by 162 points with no more than 220 left to perform .
With only 176 their edge must increase by 14 points this weekend to become champions once again to spare.
Only Ferrari (1999-2004) have won six constructors titles in a row, but no team has secured six consecutive championship pops (drivers and constructors).
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