After the Singapore Grand Prix, where Verstappen struggled with a chaotic weekend race to finish seventh, the Dutch driver has a second chance to win the Formula One drivers’ world title.
While Suzuka has always looked like the Red Bull driver’s best place to win the championship, which would also be a fitting place for Honda to race at home, Verstappen’s result in Singapore made the title change more complicated with Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez continuing. Fighting.
How can Verstappen win the 2022 F1 Championship at the Japanese Grand Prix?
Verstappen leads Leclerc by 104 points at the top of the Formula 1 standings with five races remaining, while his Red Bull teammate Perez remains 106 points behind the Dutch driver after his victory in Singapore.
In short, Verstappen needs 112 points at the end of the Japanese Grand Prix to win the title in four races.
Therefore, Verstappen must lead Leclerc with eight points and Perez with six points to claim the title in Japan. If a head-to-head meeting is needed, he will run for Verstappen with his 11 wins so far this year against the three Leclerc and Perez.
If Verstappen wins the title in Japan, it would equal the title-winning feat with four races, achieved by Michael Schumacher in 2001 and 2004 and Sebastian Vettel in 2011.
Here’s how Verstappen can seal the F1 world title at the Japanese Grand Prix:
If Verstappen wins the fastest lap, he is the champion.
If Verstappen wins without the fastest lap and Leclerc finishes third or less, it doesn’t matter where Perez ends up.
If Verstappen finished second, Leclerc finished fifth without the fastest lap or less, Perez finished fifth without the fastest lap or less.
If Verstappen is third with the fastest lap, Leclerc is sixth or lower and Perez is fifth or lower.
If Verstappen is third without the fastest lap, Leclerc is seventh or lower and Perez is fifth or lower.
If Verstappen finished fourth, Leclerc finished eighth without the fastest lap or less, or Perez finished seventh without the fastest lap or less.
If Verstappen is fifth, Leclerc is ninth without the fastest lap or less and Perez is eighth without the fastest lap or less.
If Verstappen is sixth, Leclerc is 11th or less and Perez is ninth without the fastest lap or less.
Any alternative outcome does not fit those multiple scenarios and the title battle continues at the US Grand Prix.
The complete schedule of the 2022 Japanese Grand Prix sessions
Friday 7 October 2022
Free training 1: 4:00 am – 5:00 am GMT (12:00 pm – 1:00 pm local time)
Free Training 2: 7:00 am to 8:30 am local time (3:00 pm to 4:30 pm local time) *.
* FP2 extended to Japanese and American general practitioners for tire testing.
Saturday 8 October 2022
Free practice 3: 4:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m. GMT (12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. local time)
Qualification: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. GMT (3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. local time)
Sunday 9 October 2022
Race: 6:00 a.m. GMT (2:00 p.m. local time)
How can I watch Formula 1?
In the UK, Formula 1 is shown live only on Sky Sports, with highlights broadcast on Channel 4 several hours after the race ends. Streaming live via NOW is also available in the UK.
Sky Sports F1, which shows F1 races, can be added as part of the Sky Sports Channels costing £20 a month for new customers. Sky Sports can also be accessed via NOW for a one-time payment of £11.98 per day or a monthly subscription of £33.99 per month.
Fans who want to watch the race for free will have to wait until Saturday afternoon (the qualifier) or Sunday afternoon (the race) to see the highlights on Channel 4.
How can I watch the Japanese Grand Prix?
Channel: Sky Sports F1 HD and Sky Sports Main Event
Channel numbers – Sky: 406 and 401
Channel numbers – Virgin Media: 506 and 501
Sky Sports owns the exclusive live broadcast rights in the UK. The Singapore F1 GP will be shown from 4.30am on Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports Main Event before lights out at 6.00am.
When can I watch the Japanese Grand Prix summary?
Channel: Channel 4
– Start time: Qualifying – 10:50 a.m. Saturday, Race – 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Channel 4 has the right to broadcast the best moments of the qualifiers and the Japanese Grand Prix.
Will the Japanese F1 GP be broadcast on the radio?
Live radio coverage of all training, qualifications and races for the F1 2022 season will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live or 5 Live Sports Extra and on the BBC Sport website.
Coverage of the Japanese Grand Prix will begin at 6.00am GMT on BBC Radio 5 Live and the BBC Sounds app.
Weather forecast for the Japanese Grand Prix
Suzuka is expected to see warm but mixed conditions throughout the weekend, with a high chance of rain on Friday and Sunday. Maximum temperatures are expected to reach 21 degrees Celsius at the start of the race on Sunday, nine degrees cooler than at the last Singapore race.
Most F1 wins in Japanese GP
Michael Schumacher: 6 wins (1995, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004)
Lewis Hamilton: 5 wins (2007, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018)
Sebastian Vettel: 4 wins (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013)
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