Round 18 is here and we are in Japan for the first time in 3 years! This weekend is the first home Grand Prix for Yuki Tsunoda! As well as, Honda’s logo making a return this weekend on the Red Bull’s and Alpha Tauri’s. Its to be said it will be continuing until at least the end of season.
Can Max Verstappen have a better weekend and clinch the title this weekend? Will Ferrari have another strong weekend? And what can Mercedes do, will they be in the fight for a podium?
Who needs a good weekend?
Mercedes need a good weekend, especially after Singapore only scoring a few points. But with Russell taking his engine penalty last weekend he will be starting further up the grid this weekend… hopefully!
Alpine need a good weekend aswell, a double DNF for the team after reliability issues, and we are getting to the end of the season where these things happen, but its not normally this early on… Alpine have now been overtook in the Constructors by McLaren after they had a double points finish last weekend.
Haas will also be wanting a good weekend aswell, as they were also overtook in the Constructors by Aston Martin but there is just three points between them, to make it worse for Haas they have Alpha Tauri behind them in the constructors and they are both level on points, so a good points finish for the team will help.
My top five for qualifying are- P1: Verstappen, P2: Leclerc, P3: Perez, P4: Hamilton and P5: Russell.
I feel like this weekend could be quite surprising for us, we know Lewis loves this track and has a good track record round here. So would it be that much of a surprise if he put it on pole? Or even the front row?
Times for the weekend-
- Free Practice 1- 04:00am – 05:00am (BST)
- Free Practice 2- 07:00am – 08:30am
- Free Practice 3- 04:00am – 05:00am
- Qualifying- 07:00am – 08:00am
- Race- 06:00am