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Rosberg can swing momentum

The battle between the Silver Arrows of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton will go down to the final race of the season.

Ever since Formula One announced the controversial double-points system for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, it has been clear that the 2014 Formula One World Championship would be decided in the United Arab Emirates.

With 50 points available for the winner of that race, the title is on a knife edge. With Mercedes reliability issues throughout the season, all it takes is for one minor technical blip for either driver and the other could cruise to victory and the title.

The momentum swing over the past five Grand Prix could all be for nothing.

After the Belgian Grand Prix, where Hamilton was forced to retire following contact with team-mate Rosberg, the German has seen a 29 point lead in his favour swing to a 17 point deficit.

A swing of 46 points in any season would normally be huge, but this season that can all be recovered in just one race.

Hamilton could even win the United States Grand Prix and the Brazilian Grand Prix and his minimum points lead would only be extended to 31 points.

That could leave Rosberg only requiring a race victory in Abu Dhabi , his potential fifth victory of the season, with Hamilton still needing a fifth place finish in the race despite winning a potential 11 of 19 rounds this season.

Rosberg could still win the championship without another race victory. Three second place finishes and a retirement in the final race of the season for Hamilton would still see Rosberg take the title.

But the key thing is Rosberg needs to win to keep the chase in his hands, something he has not done since the German Grand Prix in July, seven races ago.

I just know I need to go out and win races now and see how it goes, Rosberg told Sky Sports.

Despite Hamilton looking strong, this championship battle is far too close to call.








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Date:Thursday October 16 2014

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