How the champion can be crowned

Any one of Alex Craven, Alice Powell or Tristan Cliffe could walk away with the 2013 F3 Cup championship trophy at the Snetterton finale, and the script could hardly have been written better.

Any one of Alex Craven, Alice Powell or Tristan Cliffe could walk away with the 2013 F3 Cup championship trophy at the Snetterton finale, and the script could hardly have been written better.

Powell has been leading the standings since round one, but a double win for the ultra-consistent Alex Craven at Donington Park's round eight saw him displace her from the summit by three points. The wins were his second and third of the season, but the Lanan Racing man has visited the podium 12 times this season to keep himself primed to pounce.

He and Powell, once the obligatory three dropped scores are accounted for, are level on points! Craven's non-finishes - a fuel problem-forced Silverstone retirement and a collision with a spinning Powell at Snetterton - will both be dropped; so too currently is one of his two fourth places. He also loses the point he gained for setting fastest lap at Silverstone before he pulled up.

After crashing out twice on F3 Cup's last visit to Norfolk, Powell likewise drops just one points finish. She instead gives up her last score, a fifth place at Donington Park, to wipe out the current three point gap to start the weekend tied with Craven.

With such strong scores currently being dropped by Craven and Powell, it is impossible for the championship to be wrapped up in race one. If Craven fails to finish, he will effectively have finished fourth and will be reimbursed with the 22 points from Brands Hatch. A non-finish for Powell and she'll get back those 20 points back from Donington Park for fifth.

The third-placed Tristan Cliffe isn't to be discounted from the equation, but he'll be ruing his spin from second at Donington Park. He only drops three points, one for fastest lap before his Donington Park spin and two for claiming pole and fastest lap before he crashed out with Powell at round seven.

Simply, if either Craven or Powell takes a double victory they will be crowned champion. If Cliffe wins both and neither Craven nor Powell picks up more than 35 points, he will instead be champion. If Craven and Powell match each other's weekends, Craven will need to pick up one of the extra points on offer for fastest lap or pole in race one to be crowned champion.

In the event of a tie it will come down to race wins, and Powell has five to Craven's three. Cliffe currently has five wins, and he will need to win both races to cause a three-way tie, thus giving him the title.

F3 Cup heads to Snetterton on 26/27 October for the final round of the season. Click here for more details and to buy tickets.