The Japanese Grand Prix is one of the important events in the Formula 1 calendar. Since it has historically been at the end of the campaign, it has been the venue for several title deciders. The Japanese Grand Prix start time has been eagerly awaited since a remarkable 13 out of the 34 races hosted on the circuit have gone on to decide the world champions. The event was first held in 1963. If the race was harder, the Japanese Grand Prix qualifying sessions are seen as even tougher. Since the Japanese Grand Prix track is one of the revered in the world, there is intense competition for a victory in this prestigious event.
The Suzuka circuit is one of the oldest tracks in the Formula 1 calendar, and it has featured since 1987. The only campaigns in which the circuit has not featured in the calendar was in 2007 and 2008 when renovations were taking place. The track comprises of very challenging corners coupled with fewer run-off areas. As a result, drivers are at significant risk of losing the entire race with the slightest mistake. This challenging nature makes the Suzuka circuit very popular amongst drivers and spectators, while it is also exciting with an accident or a crash quite frequently. The circuit length is 5.807 km, and drivers compete for over 53 laps.
Lewis Hamilton has been able to pick up four wins in the last five editions, while Sebastian Vettel has been able to enjoy the most success at this track amongst current drivers. However, Vettel has not been able to win the event since 2013. Meanwhile, Hamilton will be able to match Michael Schumacher’s record of winning six races on this circuit.
The Japanese Grand Prix is often held towards the end of the year when the title race contest is at its peak. The event happens to attract plenty of car upgrades from each team. Since the layout of the track is quite challenging with sweeping corners and fewer run-off areas, the setup process for this Grand Prix is often regarded as very challenging. The schedule of the 2020 event is in such a way that it will take place on 9 – 11 October.
The primary contender for the event would be Lewis Hamilton, who is looking to pick up his sixth Drivers’ Championship title. The form and pace shown by the Brit this season has been spectacular. His lead over Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen has been increasing by the completion of each race date. Even though the two closest competitors in the Drivers’ Championship table have been giving a hard time for Hamilton, he has been able to find his way out to pick up four poles and eight victories.
Valtteri Bottas has been able to pick up two wins this season, but he has emerged as an outside contender for the Drivers’ Championship title. This is a remarkable progression for the Finn, who has a lot of pressure from being the teammate of a five-time world champion. The biggest concern for Bottas would be to prevent Verstappen from climbing up in the Drivers’ Championship table rather than catching Hamilton, who has a sizable advantage in the table, and the odds also reflect the same.
Mercedes have been out in front when it comes to speed and reliability. They have been vastly superior over the last few years, and the latest car has been no different. The Germans are looking set for the sixth consecutive Constructors’ Championship title. The last time Formula One saw this domination was at the start of the century when Ferrari was unstoppable with Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello.
Red Bull has been showing a lot of dominance in recent races. This could help them make a sizable impact in the latter half of the season. Even though the title may be done and dusted by the time the race kicks off, Red Bull will be pushing hard to finish in the second place of the Constructors’ Championship table.
Ferrari has been struggling for results with the two vehicles behind Red Bull and Mercedes in terms of pace. The highly challenging and technical circuit at Suzuka is unlikely to help Ferrari, who are looking to keep Red Bull from snatching the second spot in the Constructors’ Championship table.
Hamilton was able to start on pole and win the race in the 2018 edition. He was able to overcome his teammate by a whopping 12.9 seconds. Such has been his domination with regards to the race. The Brit enjoyed a similar strength when it came to the Championship standings back in 2008. Hamilton has been able to start on pole and win the race for the last two editions of this event. Hence, there is a strong likelihood that the result may be repeated in this 2020 F1 Japanese Grand Prix.
The process of betting on the Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix can be challenging in other campaigns, but the 2020 edition has largely been a walk for Mercedes when it comes to the two significant titles available. The success that the Germans have achieved in the 2020 campaign is expected to make them a strong contender for ending up as the Japanese Grand Prix winners, as it would take something special from the likes of Ferrari and Red Bull to turnaround the situation in the last few editions.
The pole position for Verstappen in the Hungarian Grand Prix coupled with his excellent performances since the Austrian Grand Prix has been pointing out to a resurgence from Red Bull, who have a strong desire to overtake Ferrari in the Constructors’ Championship table. This will not be easy with Ferrari also putting up some good pace. An excellent choice in this race would be to back Verstappen to finish on the podium places considering his recent days.
Hamilton has been able to start on pole and win the race in the last two editions of the Japanese Grand Prix. He has been quite spectacular the season with eight victories up until the Hungarian Grand Prix. However, he has not been so great when it comes to the qualifying sessions after only managing four poles. Rather than back Hamilton for a pole position, a better pick would be to back the Brit to end up as the winner in the Japanese Grand Prix result odds.
Since Mercedes has been much stronger than other teams, the winning margin has been sizable. The strength shown by Red Bull in the middle of the season, though, is a good reason to expect a challenge. The winning margin could be less than 15 seconds due to the recent resurgence from the opposition.
The market for the fastest lap is one of the most difficult with Verstappen showing an increased amount of pace in recent races like the Austrian, German, and Hungarian Grand Prix events. Before these three fastest laps, Verstappen has been unable to set the pace in any of the races. If the Red Bull driver does not get a great price, the next option would be to back Valtteri Bottas for the pole. The Finn may have picked up only two pole positions this season, but the Suzuka circuit may favor his driving style.
Red Bull has picked up two wins in the middle of the campaign. They have been able to break the dominance of Mercedes. However, the team continues to remain in a fight with Ferrari when it comes to the Constructors’ Championship. It will be rewarding to back Red Bull for a podium finish considering the much better pace that they have been showing in the second half of the campaign.