The constructors' champions have already been crowned, but there's plenty more to fight for in the season finale.
Mercedes and Red Bull are the only teams that have secured their place in the constructor's standings as Formula One prepares for the season finale in Abu Dhabi. Merc will be crowned champions and Red Bull credited with second. Positions third through 11th are still up for grabs though and double points is making it just a bit more interesting.
Two teams vying for third
Going into Abu Dhabi, there are 50 points up for grabs in the driver's eyes. For their teams, there's 100 and therefore, millions of dollars at stake. Williams holds it, but Ferrari wants it.
Williams ended 2013 ninth in the team standings, so to be sitting here now with third place in hand is astonishing. Looking at their best result in a decade, they aren't about to give it up without a fight. Ferrari hasn't finished outside the top three since 2009, but have failed to win a single race this season.
Just 44 points separate the two. If Williams can score at least 56 points, the position is theirs. With the performance of Ferrari and the domination by Mercedes, it's unlikely that they would lose third place. Maranello would need to put both cars in the top five, also hoping that both Williams drivers fail to score any points ... Neither of those outcomes have happened this year. There is a scenario where Williams could finish ninth and tenth, but still lose. Ferrari would need to finish 1-2 though, but we all know the chances of that happening are almost zero.
The fight for fifth
Technically, this should read 'the fight for fourth,' just as the above fight should technically read 'three teams vying for third.' We're trying to keep this as realistic as possible though. The real fight here is between McLaren and Force India. As Massa wants to beat Ferrari, I'm sure Sergio Perez would love to stomp all over McLaren.
Both have a single podium this season, neither have won a race, and both run with Mercedes power. Despite the name 'McLaren' and what it means to the motorsports world, these two look like fairly equal foes.
Force India trail the 8x World Constructor Champions by 34 points. If both McLarens fail to score any points, the Perez/Hulkenberg duo would need to finish fifth/sixth or higher.
Toro Rosso vs. Lotus
The Red Bull Junior team and the 'Williams of 2013' go into the finale 20 points apart and both aiming for seventh place. Should the Toro Rosso drivers fail to score points, Grosjean and Maldonado would have to finish at least seventh and eighth to steal the spot away. The problem is that Lotus has only scored points on three occasions this year, always being just one driver, and they've failed to place any higher than eighth. Although the gap is fairly small, Lotus will really have to pull something out of the bag in order to overhaul Red Bull Jr.
The battle of the backmarkers
The battle for ninth is an interesting one. Marussia holds it with Jules Bianchi's two points from Monaco, but they aren't racing this weekend. They forfeit the prize money for the spot by not being present (I believe), which has Sauber and Caterham foaming at the mouth. The green team is broken and in shambles, so I highly doubt they will be able to do anything beyond last cars running (if that).
The more likely foe is Sauber, who have really fallen off the map in 2014. Should there be enough attrition, they are the kind of team running 12th to 14th that could potentially steal a couple points, displacing Marussia and adding insult to injury.