After the chaotic race in Singapore, Formula 1 continues with its particular comebacks. It's the turn of the Japanese Grand Prix after two full seasons without visiting the Suzuka circuit.
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Max Verstappen will have in his hand the second opportunity to seal the two-time world championship on a track where he has almost always finished on the podium.
For this reason, it is time to review the information and preview the 2022 Japanese GP.
The platform that owns the television rights to F1 in Spain, DAZN, will broadcast everything that happens at the 2022 Japanese Grand Prix, including the three free practice sessions, qualifying, and the race. In addition, Movistar's DAZN F1 channel will also be able to follow the competition live and on demand.
The chain showing Formula 1 in Mexico will allow you to see everything that happens in Suzuka on the weekend of October 7 to 9. In addition, on Fox Sports 3, there will be training and classification. In the United States, the ESPN and ESPN 2 signals will broadcast all the events in Japan.
Meanwhile, in Argentina and Latin America, it will be Star+ who broadcasts this race via streaming, as well as the classification and other events in Suzuka live. In Argentina, meanwhile, it will also be seen on Fox Sports.
Circuit length: 5,807 kilometers
Laps: 53 (307.471km)
Circuit record: Sebastian Vettel in 2019, 1m27s064
Fastest race lap: Lewis Hamilton in 2019, 1m30s983
Driver with the most victories: Michael Schumacher with 6
Team with the most wins: McLaren with 9
Last pole position: Sebastian Vettel in 2019
Last victory: Valtteri Bottas in 2019
Three stories to follow at the 2022 Japanese Grand Prix
New opportunity for Verstappen
Everything that could go wrong in Singapore for Verstappen did. A weekend to forget in the Asian country in which it was his first mathematical opportunity to certify his second world championship.
The numbers said it was possible, but the reality was different, and the Red Bull driver was never comfortable in Marina Bay. Now, the Dutchman is heading to the land of Honda to fight to put the title on track.
As Mauro Mariani pointed out, these are the necessary conditions for Max to be champion at Suzuka.
If Max Verstappen comes out second, he will reach a maximum of 360 points: he needs Charles Leclerc or Sergio Pérez to be fourth or more.
On paper, the Japanese layout is not prone to overtaking. According to the data, in the last five visits to Suzuka, there has been an average of 44.8 after the first lap in the last five years. A considerably high figure is concentrated on the main straight without many more opportunities to gain positions away from that space.
However, in recent races, there have been many retirements due to the reliability of the power units, something logical given the moment of the season.
Teams like Alpine or Alfa Romeo have been the most affected, but others like McLaren, Aston Martin, or Haas could choose to change components for the last four races.
The United States would be the ideal route for a penalty by components, but the risk of adding a 0 with another abandonment is high, and many points are at stake.
Has Leclerc's motivation run out?
In Singapore, the Monegasque driver had an unbeatable chance to put his runner-up finish on track or cut points from Verstappen, but the Ferrari youngster failed.
And not once but several times. He squandered pole position (again), missed the pit stop, and failed to maintain a gap of fewer than 5 seconds to Checo in the closing laps.
With five races to go, the Monegasque is 2 points ahead of Perez and 104 behind Verstappen. He can compete with Max, but whether he will maintain the runner-up position or give in to the Mexican.