One of the most demanding tracks on the calendar, as well as a really difficult circuit, Suzuka features some of the best corners in the Formula One world. But none of that is on anyone's mind this weekend. Because Sebastian Vettel this weekend is in a fantastic position to wrap up his second world championship at a track which he has a 100% record at.
In fact, it's harder for Vettel to lose than win. The German needs just one point in the remaining five races, and even if he failed to score in the final five, Jenson Button would have to win every race. Also, Vettel can secure it without the point, if Button were not to win. And with nine wins, four seconds and a fourth place, he is almost certain to be champion this weekend.
|A Red Bull one-two last year|
Its a real drivers circuit, one which requires pure focus and no mistakes. In particular, Turn 1 and 130R are hard to get right. Loads of people make mistakes here, and we saw this last year. An extremely difficult and demanding track, Suzuka is really good to drive around. Watch out for overtaking into the hairpin, and also on the final straight before the chicane. The chicane holds so many memories for Formula One, in particular Alain Prost shoving Ayrton Senna off the track to win the title in 1989, and Senna doing the same to Prost in 1990.
I'd expect Red Bull to be very strong again here this weekend, with probably Vettel celebrating his coronation with victory. Ferrari don't appear confident, and they weren't quick here last year. Nor were McLaren, who will be looking to make sure of 2nd in the constructors. Mercedes could well be good, because this is one of Schumacher's strong circuits.