Victory at the Japanese Grand Prix could put Sebastian Vettel back in business
A spectacular victory at Suzuka took Sebastian Vettel to his second successive Formula One title last year. The Red Bull driver will return to Suzuka to participate in the Japanese Grand Prix this weekend, but this time Sebastian Vettel will have little to celebrate for unless he wins the race by a huge margin.
A massive win at the Japanese Grand Prix will lighten up Sebastian Vettel’s chances of defending his Formula One title. The young German grabbed a win in Singapore a couple of weeks back, but he is still 29 points away from the Championship leader, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.
With just six races remaining in the Formula One season, Sebastian Vettel understands that consistency is the key to victory. Unfortunately, Sebastian Vettel’s form has been affected by the poor performance of his team and car. To be fair, Sebastian Vettel shares blame for losing points callously.
In spite of all the inconsistencies, Sebastian Vettel is hot-favorite to win the Japanese Grand Prix; after all he has been on pole at Suzuka for the past three years. Moreover, Sebastian Vettel won at Suzuka in 2009 and 2010.
Therefore, Sebastian Vettel would probably be begging Fernando Alonso to fancy his chances of appearing on the podium as victor this weekend.
“I love the Suzuka circuit. In short, it has the most amazing corners and brilliant fans, I really like coming here,” Sebastian Vettel said in a team preview. “I wish I had won in 2011, it was my third Formula One race on my favorite track and it still bothers me a bit that I took my world title with a third place.”
Last year, Sebastian Vettel was denied victory by McLaren’s Jenson Button at Suzuka. Interestingly, Fernando Alonso also finished on the podium with a second place finish.
Sebastian Vettel won’t have to worry about Jenson Button this year as he will be dealing with a five-place handicap on the grid because of an unscheduled gearbox change. Jenson Button is currently positioned sixth with 119 points to his name on the Driver Standings.
Fernando Alonso, who has not won a race in a long time, is expected to grab another podium finish at Suzuka. The Spaniard has 194 points on the Championship table.