The rain forecast that is expected throughout the weekend in Suzuka can mark the Grand Prix of Japan and open opportunities for pilots who need a reaction like Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), increasingly distant from Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), or Fernando Alonso (McLaren), who has only scored in one of his last four races.
In the absence of five dates to close the World Cup, the title is more decanted than ever in favor of Hamilton. The Briton has repeated the script of previous seasons, putting the direct towards the glory after the summer break and is getting closer to his fifth title.
His three wins in a row in Italy, Singapore and Russia, his best streak of the season, have procured him a 50-point win over Vettel, who once again starts to see how the championship escapes him and would be the fifth followed by his imperial streak between 2010 and 2013.
Mercedes' track record in Japan also fuels the optimism of the 'silver dates', unbeatable at Suzuka since the hybrid era began in 2014. Both Hamilton as Vettel have won four times in the Japanese circuit and the British part as a favorite to reach the fifth against an opponent that seems about to throw in the towel and has only scored a victory in the last three months.
The head of the German team, Toto Wolff, He has once again pointed to Red Bull as the main favorite to victory in Suzuka, although his words sound less and less credible considering that the World Cup leader has only missed 7 of the last 150 points at stake.
Rain as a possible ally
As for the Spanish pilots, Fernando Alonso begins his particular tour of Japan, since after this race he will stay another week in the Asian country to compete with Toyota for the 6 Hours of Fuji, a test belonging to the World Resistance Championship.
After another disappointing race in Russia, where he was fourteenth, the Spaniard clings to the rain forecast to try to get a good result in this final stretch of his career in Formula 1. In passing you can say goodbye to Suzuka, home of one of his most memorable victory, which he achieved in 2006 with Renault after the break of the engine of his great rival for the title, Michael Schumacher, and that propelled him towards his second world title.
As to Carlos Sainz (Renault), also arrives with desire of revenge after his seventeenth position in the Sochi Autodrome. After his ninth place in his debut year, the Spaniard has not scored again in Suzuka and last season he left in his last performance with the Toro Rosso team.
Schedules of the Japan GP of Formula 1 (peninsular time)
- First session of free 3.00 – 4.30.
- Second session of free 7.00 – 8.30.
- Third session of free 5.00 – 6.00.
- Qualification session 8.00 – 9.00.
The race can be followed live on our website and on television through Movistar + F1.