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F1 Japanese GP top predictions and odds
Singapore saw Red Bull’s perfect season come to an end, with its historic run of consecutive wins stopping at 15. Max Verstappen also saw his own record-setting 10-race winning streak end at Marina Bay. But we can expect a return to status quo this weekend. Suzuka is far better suited to Red Bull’s RB19, and Verstappen made it clear on Friday.
Ferrari double top 6 finish @ 8/11 (1.73)
Ferrari’s late season surge is apparently set to continue in Japan. Carlos Sainz Jr., fresh off his second career win and back-to-back pole positions, was second in the morning session on Friday. Teammate Charles Leclerc repeated the feat in the afternoon, with McLaren’s Lando Norris splitting the pair in both sessions.
Ferrari is looking like a podium contender at the very least. Even in a worst case scenario, factoring Sergio Perez and Lando Norris into the equation, the Scuderia would still be on the way to a double top 6. The odds are quite good too, making this a relatively safe pick to start things off.
Aston Martin double points finish @17/10 (2.7)
The odds tells a lot about Lance Stroll. Even with a car that is perfectly capable of consistently bagging points, Aston Martin is only given a 37% chance of scoring a double points finish in Japan. But the odds might be worth the risk.
Stroll looked decent on Friday, finishing 10th and 11th. Some of the cars that finished ahead of him, such as Alfa Romeo and AlphaTauri, might not run as high on Sunday. If – and emphasis on the “if” part – the Canadian manages to keep his nose clean, Aston Martin could be looking at its first double points finish since the summer break. Of course, Fernando Alonso is almost guaranteed to feature inside the top 10, Stroll being the one with a huge question mark hanging over his head.
These odds were correct at the time of writing. We recommend checking with the bookmaker before placing the bet.
F1 Japanese GP weather condition
Surprisingly, we probably won’t have any rain this weekend, which is a bit of a rarity at this time of the year at Suzuka. There is only a 20% chance of rain on Saturday and on Sunday. The temperature, on the other hand, will be at 28°C for qualifying and 29°C for the race, which will put a huge strain on the tyres.
F1 Japanese GP important details
- Which tyre compounds will the drivers have for the Japanese GP? The drivers will have the C1, C2 and C3 tyres available at Suzuka. Because of Suzuka’s nature, with high load around the corners, tyre wear is usually quite steep. For this reason, Pirelli chose the three hardest compounds available.
- How do I watch the Japanese GP? In the UK, the Japanese GP will be broadcast live on Sky Sports. For streaming, both NOW and Sky Sports are the options available. If you miss out on the early morning action, Channel 4 will show the highlights later.
- When will the Japanese GP start? The Japanese GP will start at 6:00 am BST (5:00 am GMT) on Sunday, September 24th.
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