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Nico Rosberg one win away from his first Formula One Championship title

Nico Rosberg one win away from his first Formula One Championship title

Last year, Hamilton had already won the title and his focus was elsewhere. This time he comes on the back of two successive wins and, like Rosberg, seeking a hat-trick.

Mexican Grand Prix rant: Sweary Sebastian Vettel to escape sanction after apology to FIA

Mexican Grand Prix rant: Sweary Sebastian Vettel to escape sanction after apology to FIA

Vettel, who won his titles with Red Bull, has had a difficult year with Ferrari failing to win a race with only two of 21 remaining.

Mexico Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton knows revival may have come too late

Mexico Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton knows revival may have come too late

Rosberg, who has a 19 points lead with two races remaining, knows he will be champion if he can win in Brazil on November 13.

Japan Grand Prix: Marc Marquez wins 3rd MotoGP title as Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo crash out

Japan Grand Prix: Marc Marquez wins 3rd MotoGP title as Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo crash out

Marquez started second on the grid, after pole starter Rossi, who was his closest championship rival with a 52-point gap.

Nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi takes pole for Japan Grand Prix

Nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi takes pole for Japan Grand Prix

Honda's Marquez will start from second on the grid with his closest championship rival Rossi standing 52 points behind.

Lewis Hamilton misses Barcelona test to rest sore foot

Lewis Hamilton misses Barcelona test to rest sore foot

The Briton won his third title, and second with Mercedes, at Austin`s Circuit of the Americas last year when Rosberg started on pole but made a mistake that gifted his team mate the victory.

'Snap-prat' Lewis Hamilton will fight to finish, says Toto Wolff

'Snap-prat' Lewis Hamilton will fight to finish, says Toto Wolff

Hamilton`s behaviour grew increasingly bizarre in Japan, where he battled back to take third after a horror start saw him fall back to eighth.

Nico Rosberg keeping the champagne on ice despite closing in on title

Nico Rosberg keeping the champagne on ice despite closing in on title

Runner-up to Hamilton in the overall standings in the last two years, he is not planning to change it now that the title is within reach.

Force India extend lead over Williams after top-10 finish in Japanese Grand Prix

Force India extend lead over Williams after top-10 finish in Japanese Grand Prix

With four race remaining, Force India remain focussed on finishing fourth in the championship.

Seething Lewis Hamilton snubs media after being pipped to Japanese GP pole position by Nico Rosberg

Seething Lewis Hamilton snubs media after being pipped to Japanese GP pole position by Nico Rosberg

After being pipped to pole position by Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, Hamilton let rip.

Nico Rosberg secures pole for Japanese Grand Prix, Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton 2nd

Nico Rosberg secures pole for Japanese Grand Prix, Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton 2nd

The German`s Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton will start alongside him in second with Kimi Raikkonen locking down third spot for Sunday`s race in his Ferrari.

Japanese Grand Prix: Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso struggle in Honda homecoming

Japanese Grand Prix: Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso struggle in Honda homecoming

The combination has made steady progress this year, however, and they go into their home race at the Suzuka track — owned by Honda — expecting to score decent points.

First blood to rampant Nico Rosberg in Japanese Grand Prix

First blood to rampant Nico Rosberg in Japanese Grand Prix

Hamilton, by contrast, has had a tumultuous few days after a blown engine robbed the Briton of victory last weekend.

Malaysian Grand Prix: Why always me? Lewis Hamilton fury at engine failures

Malaysian Grand Prix: Why always me? Lewis Hamilton fury at engine failures

"The championship is over when the last race is over, 23 points is a lot but you never know."

Malaysian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton storms to pole at Sepang

Malaysian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton storms to pole at Sepang

Mercedes are on course to wrap up their third straight constructors` title on Sunday.

Malaysian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton finds groove in practice

Malaysian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton finds groove in practice

Hamilton trails Rosberg by eight points after the German won the last race in Singapore.

F1 calendar leaves doubts over Germany, Canada and Brazil

F1 calendar leaves doubts over Germany, Canada and Brazil

Germany remains uncertain due to Hockenheim`s stated reluctance to host a grand prix other than in alternate years.

McLaren's Jenson Button might leave F1 for Japan's Super GT or Rallycross next year

McLaren's Jenson Button might leave F1 for Japan's Super GT or Rallycross next year

Button is 15th in the drivers` championship on 17 points after 14 of 21 races.

Force India concede fourth place despite double points finish at Monza

Force India concede fourth place despite double points finish at Monza

Williams are back in fourth with 111 points, three more than Force India.

F1 sale to Liberty Media to go ahead next week: Report

F1 sale to Liberty Media to go ahead next week: Report

Liberty Media will reportedly transfer the first of two tranches of payment in the $8.5 billion deal on Tuesday.