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Тhe ordinal Formula 1 campaign coming to its end. After 15 races, there are only 5 races left to decide who will win the most wanted trophy of Formula 1.
However, ahead of that races, there is absolute leader, as Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton leads the table of Driver Championship with 322 points. In the second place is Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas who has 249 points. Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc ends the best three with 215 points, but Max Verstappen of Red Bull is only 2 points behind the Ferrari driver. The fifth in the table is Leclerc’s team-mate Sebastian Vettel.
Five-time World Champion Hamilton is heading to his sixth victory.
After 15 races in Australia, Bahrain, China, Azerbaijan, Spain, Monaco, Canada, France, Austria, Britain, Germany, Hungary, Belgium, Singapore and Russia, there are only five races left on the calendar year. We will be heading to Japan, ahead of Mexico, the United States and Brazil. The year will end in Abu Dhabi.
Here are top 5 facts about the last five Formula 1 races of the Year.
Japanese Grand Prix
Suzuka Circuit is one of the favourites of drivers and it is the scene of many memorable moments over the years. This year, it will be the 31st race in Japan.
With six victories, Michael Schumacher is the most successful driver in the history of the Japanese Grand Prix. On the current grid, Lewis Hamilton has five, while Sebastian Vettel has four titles. McLaren, meanwhile, is the most successful constructor, with nine wins.
Suzuka and Fuji are not the only circuits to have staged around, the Aida circuit near Kobe hosted the Pacific Ocean Grand Prix in 1994-95.
Two Japanese drivers, Aguri Suzuki and Kamui Kobayashi have stood on the podium at the Japanese Grand Prix.
Schumacher won five consecutive races for Ferrari. For the first time, Mika Hakkinen scored his podium at the Japanese circuit.
Mexican Grand Prix
Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez has hosted the Mexican Grand Prix nineteen times since 1963. Alain Prost, Jim Clark, Nigel Mansell and Max Verstappen are the equal most successful drivers in the Mexican Grand Prix.
Meanwhile, Lotus, McLaren and Williams are the joint-most successful constructors.
Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez is the highest circuit on the current calendar, at more than 2.200 meters above the sea level.
Sergio Perez is the only Mexican driver on the current F1 grid.
In 2018, Max Verstappen became the first driver to win the Mexican Grand Prix in consecutive years.
United States Grand Prix
Circuit of the Americans is the latest in a long line of race tracks to have hosted the United States Grand Prix since 1908.
Five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton is the most successful driver in US Grand Prix with six wins. He surpassed Schumacher, as the former driver and current legend has five wins.
The most successful constructor of the USGP is Ferrari.
Sebastian Vettel made his F1 debut at the USGP in 2007.
Mario Andretti is the only US driver to win a World Championship in the USA.
Brazilian Grand Prix
Brazil has been hosting a round of the Formula 1 World Championship since 1934.
Alain Prost is the most successful driver in Brazilian GP with his six victories. Sebastian Vettel could equal his Michael Schumacher’s tally with four wins in 2019.
McLaren is the most successful constructor of the BGP.
Five Brazilian drivers have won on home soil since 1934. Brazilian drivers have taken more poles than drivers from any other nation.
The 2016 Brazilian Grand Prix was the 21st longest race in F1 history.
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Held at the state-of-the-art Yas Marina Circuit, celebrates its eleven anniversary this year.
With four wins Lewis Hamilton is the most successful driver at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, while Mercedes is the most successful constructor with five wins.
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is F1’s only twilight race, which normally starts around 30 minutes before the sunsets.
Kimi Raikkonen scored a popular win for Lotus in 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix featured the longest ever question asked at an F1 driver press conference. Click here to watch the video.