Japanese Grand Prix Predictions

Well, it’s that time again. Another grand prix weekend is upon us and this time, the action is going down in Japan at the famous Suzuka Circuit. It is one that the teams know well, but one that will give them all a headache it is sounding like. The forecast for qualifying is pretty much torrential downpours. They are even talking about suspending qualifying until Sunday morning if it gets bad enough! In practice today, it was the Red Bulls again taking the top two spots, with the surprising Robert Kubica in third. I can’t really see that happening in the race though, and I do see the Ferraris holding back today in preparation for a conservative qualifying session (if it happens). Alonso knows what it takes to win and has won at this track before. With Hamilton continuing to derail his chances of a second title, and Vettel fast but inexperienced, I think that Alonso is going to start turning up the wick and taking the fight ever harder at the two Red Bulls. As for Button and Webber, I think the chances of a back-to-back championship is really starting to fade for Button, who said his car had too much understeer in the morning session, but felt better in the afternoon. Webber is just too slow at the starts of the races and always has to fight back through the field for a decent finishing position. Based on those factors, here is how I see the race turning out.

1. Sebastian Vettel

2. Fernando Alonso

3. Felipe Massa

4. Jenson Button

5. Mark Webber

6. Robert Kubica

7. Lewis Hamilton

8. Nico Hulkenberg

9. Rubens Barrichello

10. Michael Schumacher

I see Vettel continuing to be fast, but this time, it will be Alonso hot on his heels to take second. Massa will do his part to hold up the rest of the field and so on and so forth. Of course, this will all be completely shot to hell should it really downpour, as the field will be a jumbled mess and no one will be where they aught to be. And if it is a wet to drying race, then all bets are off. Vettel and Hamilton are known to be particularly good in the wet though, and Alonso is no slouch himself. I want rain to happen, but if it does, these results go right out the window.

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