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Max Verstappen

Verstappen reveals what he needs to win Drivers Championship at Suzuka

It will be his second chance to seal the Formula 1 World Championship at the home race of Honda.

To news overview © RN365/Michael Potts

It wasn't one of the best weekends of 2022 at Singapore by Max Verstappen's standards, with him saying that he took 'zero pleasure' fighting through the midfield after the race.

The Dutchman is already looking forward to what he needs to clinch the World Championship at Suzuka.

Formula 1 visits the circuit for the first time since 2019, the last two years being cancelled owing to Covid restrictions.

"We’re finally back in Japan after what feels like a long time, I can’t wait to race in Suzuka again," says Verstappen.

"I love being in Japan and I have a lot of good memories here, the food is great and the fans are very special, they are very kind and polite.

Verstappen: "Perfect weekend" needed to clinch title

Unlike 2019 there isn't the threat of a typhoon that could disrupt the action, however rain is still forecasted for Friday and Sunday.

Verstappen says that a 'perfect weekend' will be needed to ensure that he secures his second world title.

He explains: "We have another chance to win the Drivers Championship, we have to have a perfect weekend but it could be possible, we’ll give it our all.

"The track is very old school, there’s a lot of fast corners and you have to build throughout each session.

"Let’s see what the weather will do as I hear there is rain incoming so that might spice things up a little bit."

A simple win and getting the fastest lap point will be enough for Verstappen, but there are other permutations if this doesn't go his way.

How Verstappen can become champion in Japan

Verstappen Leclerc Perez
P1 and fastest lap Max champion Max champion
P1 P3 or lower P2 or lower
P2 and fastest lap P5 or lower P4 or lower
P2 P5 without fastest lap / P6 or lower P4 without fastest lap / P5 or lower
P3 and fastest lap P6 or lower P5 or lower
P3 P7 or lower P6 or lower
P4 and fastest lap P8 or lower P7 or lower
P4 P8 without fastest lap / P9 or lower P7 without fastest lap / P8 or lower
P5 and fastest lap P9 or lower P8 or lower
P5 P9 without fastest lap / P10 or lower P8 without fastest lap / P9 or lower
P6 and fastest lap P10 without fastest lap / P11 or lower P9 or lower
P6 P11 or lower P9 without fastest lap / P10 or lower

F1 2022 Japanese Grand Prix RN365 News dossier

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