Japanese Grand Prix Preview

So this weekend we head to Suzuka,my favourite track on the calendar and a massive challenge for the drivers with amazing corners like Degner’s 1 and 2 and 130R.

This weekend Sebastian Vettel can seal the title if he gets one point or if Jenson Button fails to win,both very unlikely to happen considering how good Red Bull’s record is here.

The Challenge 

Suzuka is a huge challenge,probably now the toughest track on the calendar.Here you can see Sebastian Vettel’s pole lap from 2010 with Coulthard talking about the lap and you clearly see how little run of there is,the way it should be at every track,we want to see the drivers punished for there mistakes.

Get it wrong at Suzuka and you will know about it.In 2002 during Qualifying Alan McNish had a big accident after losing it on the kerb through 130R

Drivers to watch

Sebastian Vettel-what a season he has had and should seal the title this weekend,he also has a fantastic record here,winning dominantly in the last 2 years and getting pole in 2009 and 2010 as well so has a 100% record at this track,can he continue it?,it’s very possible,It would be the sixth title decided at Suzuka since 1996.

Jenson Button-Jenson is the only man who can stop Vettel sealing the title but let’s be honest he won’t stop him,instead Jenson will be out to improve on his dismal record round Suzuka,his best result was an extremely lucky 4th position last year.Jenson is in fantastic form right now though with four successive podium positions,mainly thanks to fantastic overtakes and new found speed and has a right good chance of getting a podium this weekend with the way he is driving at the moment.

Kamui Kobayashi-Kamui will be looking for a very good race at his home track after his team’s recent struggles.They have fallen down the pecking order in that tight midfield battle,he has only scored points in one of the last 6 races after a great start to the year.Hopefully Kamui can drive a stormer of a race like he did here last year when he finished 7th and get some points to give the Japanese fans something to smile about after the earthquake and Tsunami there this year.

Predictions

Obviously we haven’t see them on track yet but going by the form of recent years,race predictions are………

1.Vettel

2.Webber

3.Button

4.Hamilton

5.Alonso

Circuit Length:5.807km

Laps:53

Lap Record Kimi Raikkonen 1:31.540(2005)

2010

Winner:Sebastian Vettel

Pole Position:Sebastian Vettel

Fastest Lap:Mark Webber

Images © Zimbio,grandprix.com


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