F1 Raceweek: Record books beckon for Rosberg - US GP in numbers

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Nico Rosberg's victory at the Japanese Grand Prix last weekend saw him inch closer to becoming Formula One world champion for the first time.

To ensure he dethrones his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton, the German needs to finish at least second in each of the last four races of the season, starting with the United States Grand Prix in Austin this weekend.

Mercedes wrapped up the constructors' title at Suzuka and no driver other than Rosberg or his English nemesis can claim the individual crown, meaning yet more glory is heading the way of the Silver Arrows regardless of the outcome in Texas. 

 

2 - Rosberg only needs to finish second in each remaining race to win the title; the destiny of the championship is now out of Hamilton's hands.

8 - Rosberg and Hamilton have been on pole in every race but one this season (eight times each), Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo is the only other driver to claim first on the grid in 2016.

21 - The driver who has won in Japan (Rosberg) has ended up winning the championship in 20 of the last 21 seasons, with Rubens Barrichello in 2003 the exception.

100 - Hamilton recorded his 100th podium finish last weekend. Only Alain Prost (106) and Michael Schumacher (155) have notched up more.

5 - Mercedes are the fifth team to win three Constructor's titles or more in succession after Ferrari (75-77, 99-04), McLaren (88-91), Red Bull (10-13) and Williams (92-94).

13 - Rosberg, with nine wins this season already, could equal the record in a single season, 13, set by Schumacher in 2004 and Sebastian Vettel in 2013, but must win all four remaining races to do so.

5 - If Hamilton wins in the United States, he will equal the record of wins there, jointly held by Ayrton Senna and Schumacher (five).

152 - The USA is the country with the most drivers to have competed in F1 history (152) but only two of them have taken part in F1 in the last 23 years.  

21 - Schumacher won his second F1 world championship and his last for Benetton in the last ever Pacific GP 21 years ago this Saturday.