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What Verstappen needs in Japan to be a two-time world champion

Second match point for Max Verstappen. Japan, land of samurai, country of the rising sun, typhoons and coronations. The Dutchman can certify


    Second match point for Max Verstappen. Japan, land of samurai, country of the rising sun, typhoons and coronations. The Dutchman can certify his World title in Suzuka (he would not be the first to achieve it there), at the home of Honda, with five Grand Prix to go after taking an advantage of 104 points over his closest pursuer: Charles Leclerc. But to seal his second championship, which would match myths like Hakkinen or Fernando Alonso, he must be ahead of the Ferrari driver and his own Red Bull teammate. Winning is the safest option but there are other options.

    The combinations to achieve the title

    After Japan there will only be four rounds left. He toured America and Abu Dhabi, where he won last year, but he doesn’t want to extend it until that appointment in the Middle East. The Dutchman can no longer be matched for wins (he has 11 to three from his closest rival), and is two shy of equaling Schumacher and Vettel’s record for the most wins per season. He can still beat it. Any other result below these combinations to be detailed, 12 possible results, will postpone the title to the next round, the United States GP, in Austin, at the earliest.

    Winning at Suzuka

    1. If Verstappen wins the race and gets the fastest lap (26 points), he will be consecrated no matter what happens with his two immediate pursuers. This scenario is not new, it has already happened four times this season: Imola, Miami, Spa and Zandvoort.
    2. If Verstappen wins without a fastest lap (25 points), he will be two-time champion if Leclerc does not exceed third place. This combination has also happened up to a total of five times this course: Barcelona, ​​​​Baku, Montreal, Paul Ricard and Budapest.
      1. He makes the podium but does not win on the Japanese track

        3. If Verstappen is second with the fastest lap (19 points), he will be champion if Leclerc does not improve to fifth position and if Pérez does not climb beyond fourth place.

        4. If Verstappen is second but without a fastest lap (18 points), he will need Leclerc to do no better than fifth place without a fastest lap and if Pérez is not better than fourth without a fastest lap.

        5. If Verstappen is third with the fastest lap (16 points), he will be the winner of the 2022 season if Leclerc does not exceed sixth position and if Pérez does not improve a fifth place.

        6. If Verstappen is third but does not take the fastest lap (15 points), he must wait until Leclerc does not improve a seventh position and that Pérez does not finish higher than sixth.

        Outside the podium can also be champion

        7. If Verstappen is fourth and gets the fastest lap (13 points), he needs the Ferrari driver to have problems and not go higher than eighth place and for Pérez to do his job by stopping him in seventh place at most.

        8. If Verstappen is fourth and does not take the extra point for the fastest lap (12 points), he will be the two-time champion if Leclerc does not exceed eighth place and without a fastest lap and Pérez is maximum seventh without getting a fastest lap.

        And if it ends up outside the Top 4

        9. If the Red Bull rider is fifth with the fastest lap (11 points), Leclerc does not have to be a maximum of ninth and Pérez eighth.

        10. If Verstappen is fifth without a fastest lap (10 points), Leclerc and Pérez must finish the same as in the previous combination but without setting a fastest lap.

        Even being sixth would be worth it

        11. If Verstappen is sixth with the fastest lap (9 points), he must wait for Leclerc to score a point, that is, finish tenth. Pérez, meanwhile, has to finish ninth at most.

        12. The last possible combination is that if Verstappen finishes sixth without a fastest lap (8 points), it would be worth it if Leclerc does not enter the pointswhile Pérez must finish in ninth position without a fastest lap.

        Japan, land of coronations

        The Red Bull driver, if he were to become champion in Japan, would join the list of drivers who have been crowned here since his arrival on the calendar in 1976: a total of 13 times (once in Fuji, 11 times in Suzuka as part of the Japanese GP and once in Aida as part of the Pacific GP).

        Some of the pilots who certified their title in Japan

        Nelson Piquet in the 1980s, the Senna-Prost battles left four consecutive years of coronations (Ayrton Senna in 1988, Alain Prost in 1989, and Senna twice in 1990 and 1991. Another driver who has celebrated championships is Michael Schumacher, who three of his seven world titles were decided in Japan: in 1995 at the Aida GP, and at the Suzuka GP in 2000 and 2003. And the last title that was decided was that of Sebastian Vettel, precisely with a Red Bull , in the year 2013.

        Max Verstappen awaits his second chance. The World Cup clock is already ticking.

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