Friday, 7 October 2011

2011 Predictions, Round 15 - Japan

This weekend will see what will surely be a very emotional Grand Prix at Suzuka, Japan.

The track is a favourite for most drivers, and will be the first time Formula 1 has returned to Japan since the tragic earthquakes shook the Country earlier in the year.

This race will also likely see Sebastian Vettel deservedly crowned World Champion. The dominant German requires just one point from the race to make it back-to-back World Driver's Championship titles.

To see how the Formula 1 Results Predictor performed Singapore two weeks ago, click here.

Our Guest Predictor for this weekend is Krit from Literal F1.

Literal F1 is a well written Formula 1 blog by a Medical student. It focuses on items and stories away from those much of the mainstream media seem to concentrate on.

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Guest Predictions, Round 15 - Japan

1. Sebastian Vettel - Red Bull Racing (Plus Pole Position)
2. Mark Webber - Red Bull Racing
3. Jenson Button - McLaren
4. Lewis Hamilton - McLaren
5. Fernando Alonso - Ferrari
6. Felipe Massa - Ferrari
7. Michael Schumacher - Mercedes
8. Nico Rosberg - Mercedes
9. Paul di Resta - Force India
10. Kamui Kobayashi - Sauber
11. Adrian Sutil - Force India
12. Sergio Perez - Sauber
13. Jaime Alguersuari - Toro Rosso
14. Vitaly Petrov - Renault
15. Rubens Barrichello - Williams
16. Pastor Maldonado - Williams
17. Heikki Kovalainen - Team Lotus
18. Timo Glock - Virgin
19. Daniel Ricciardo - Hispania
20. Vitantonio Liuzzi - Hispania
21. (DNF - Mechanical) Jarno Trulli - Team Lotus
22. (DNF - Accident) Bruno Senna - Renault
23. (DNF - Mechanical) Jerome D'Ambrosio - Virgin
24. (DNF - Mechanical / Accident) Sebastien Buemi - Toro Rosso

"Suzuka is one of my favourite circuits. It’s a true test of both the technical prowess of the car and the racing ability of the driver. We’ve had races like 2005 where Kimi Raikkonen ripped through the field to take the victory on the last lap, Senna-Prost duels of ‘88, ‘89 and ‘90 and emotions like Ferrari and Michael Schumacher’s romantic ascendence to world champions in 2000.

Sebastian Vettel has been simply outstanding at Suzuka. For the last two years, he’s taken pole position, lead from the front and then taken the chequered flag. Red Bull’s previous iterations of the dominant RB7 were good enough to flex their high speed cornering muscles so give them a sufficient advantage. Mark Webber goes well at Suzuka too, as he admitted in his recent BBC blog. He qualified within few thousandths of a second of Vettel last year, with a fractured shoulder that too,

The McLaren’s are my pick for the being next best. Jenson’s my pick because of his recent form and ability to manage the tyres better on a very demanding tyre track. Ferrari will a race by themselves, where they are faster than Mercedes and others but not as fast as Red Bull or McLaren. Force India will be the best of the midfield and Kobayashi scoring a point will make the day.

I’ve predicted quite a few DNF’s and that’s my hunch going by the high attrition rate and demand Suzuka puts on the car."

This prediction will obviously see Vettel celebrating the World Championship this weekend.

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F1RP Prediction, Round 15 - Japan

1. Sebastian Vettel - Red Bull Racing
2. Jenson Button - McLaren
3. Lewis Hamilton - McLaren
4. Fernando Alonso - Ferrari
5. Mark Webber - Red Bull Racing
6. Kamui Kobayashi - Sauber
7. Michael Schumacher - Mercedes
8. Felipe Massa - Ferrari
9. Vitaly Petrov - Renault
10. Nico Rosberg - Mercedes
11. Sergio Perez - Sauber
12. Sebastien Buemi - Toro Rosso
13. Rubens Barrichello - Williams
14. Jaime Alguersuari - Toro Rosso
15. Paul di Resta - Force India
16. Jarno Trulli - Team Lotus
17. Adrian Sutil - Force India
18. Bruno Senna - Renault
19. Pastor Maldonado - Williams
20. Heikki Kovalainen - Team Lotus
21. Timo Glock - Virgin
22. Vitantonio Liuzzi - Hispania
23. Jerome D'Ambrosio - Virgin
24. Daniel Ricciardo - Hispania

The Formula 1 Results Predictor is expecting a strong performance from Kamui Kobayashi at his home Grand Prix.
Team Lotus would also be happy if Jarno Trulli can manage to split the quick Force India cars!
This result would again see Sebastian Vettel crowned Champion, but would also extend Jenson Button's second place cushion over his rivals.

The two Predictors agree on the positioning of Vettel (1st) and Schumacher (7th).

Make your own Predictions by commenting below!

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