Advantage Rosberg as F1 title fight resumes at stormy Sepang

SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) Rainy weather may be the only thing that can stop Mercedes from clinching a third straight Formula One constructors' title at this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix, as new championship leader Nico Rosberg seeks to capitalize on his current edge over teammate Lewis Hamilton.

Mercedes has won all but one race this year - when the teammates took each other out in a crash - and is now poised to seal the team championship with five races to spare. It needs to score only three points more than closest rival Red Bull, while preventing Ferrari from outscoring Mercedes by 22 points or more, in order to clinch the title.

Thunderstorms are forecast throughout the race weekend, and the Malaysian race and qualifying have a history of being hit by heavy rain. That may give some encouragement to Red Bull and Ferrari that they can challenge Mercedes.

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Formula 1 Leaders: Points
RankDriverPointsWins
1 N.Rosberg 273 8
2 L.Hamilton 265 6
3 D.Ricciardo 179 0
4 S.Vettel 153 0
5 K.Raikkonen 148 0
6 M.Verstappen 129 1
7 V.Bottas 70 0
8 S.Perez 66 0
9 N.Hulkenberg 46 0
10 F.Massa 41 0
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