What does Lewis Hamilton need to win the F1 Championship? What can still be decided with three races to go? How many points does rival Max Verstappen have?

Lewis Hamilton reignited his dream for a record-breaking eighth world championship after securing a brilliant victory at the Brazilian Grand Prix last weekend.

The Brit started 10th after a series of penalties, but fought his way past rival Max Verstappen with just 12 laps left in Sao Paulo on Sunday.

Hamilton celebrates his victory on the podium with rival Verstappen
Hamilton celebrates his victory on the podium with rival Verstappen

Hamilton slashed Verstappen’s title lead from 21 to 14 points with three races left and 78 points still available.

But what does the 36-year-old still need to win the F1 title? talkSPORT.com has all you to need to know…

What does Hamilton need to win the F1 Championship?

As stated, there are 78 points still available for both Hamilton and Verstappen, with 26 in each race: 25 for winning and one for the fastest lap.

Four-time reigning champion Hamilton is currently trailing Verstappen in wins with the Brazil Grand Prix taking him to six victories – three behind his rival.

However the tiebreaker is still effectively Verstappen’s as winning the last three races would hand Hamilton the title outright, in which case the Mercedes driver wouldn’t need the tiebreaker anyway.

There are, of course, endless possibilities and points to determine who wins the championship but here is the simplest outcome for both.

Hamilton and Verstappen have gone wheel to wheel on many occasions

A three peat in Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi would be enough for Hamilton as he would, at worst, score 75 points (three wins, no fastest laps).

In that scenario, even if Verstappen secured three runner-up finishes and three fastest laps he could only score 57 to take him to 389.5 overall – which would be four shy of Hamilton’s 393.5’s total.

For Verstappen, he can clinch the title as long as he finishes on the podium in all of the final three – with one of those being as race winner.

The Red Bull driver could end up on 58 points with a first (25 points), second (18 points) and third (15 points) place.

And Hamilton would fall one point short even if he scored 26 in two races and finished in second with fastest lap (19 points) on the track Verstappen won.

In this scenario, Hamilton would finish on 389.5 with Verstappen on 390.5.

Lando Norris and Bottas are still vital for McLaren and Mercedes in the constructor’s standings

What can still be decided?

It’s not just the top two in the driver’s standings up for grabs as Sergio Perez has an outside chance of finishing third.

The Mexican is 25 points behind by Valtteri Bottas – who will be desperate to finish his Mercedes career with a podium before he leaves for Alfa Romeo.

The constructor’s championship is also very much in the balance and for some teams the prize money is crucial for their survival.

Mercedes (521.5 points) are currently ahead of Red Bull (510.5 points) with a race for third coming down to the wire between Ferrari and McLaren.

Ferrari’s double points finish in Brazil solidified the final podium position on 287.5 points with Brit McLaren behind on 256.

Haas would also love a chance to finish the season with at least one point as they are the only team currently on zero with three races to go.