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Formula One: Japanese Grand Prix Preview & Betting Tips

Verstappen can win in Japan and take his second title in the process


One of the most popular Formula 1 venues of all makes its return this weekend. Suzuka, home of the Japanese Grand Prix, has not entertained the highest echelon of motorsport since 2019 due to Covid-19.

This weekend it could be the venue where Max Verstappen is fitted with his second World Drivers’ Championship crown. He is 4/7 to amass enough points to prove unassailable in the championship race by recording a strong-performance.

The simple math of the equation is: the Dutch driver needs to score eight more points than Charles Leclerc and six more points than Sergio Perez to be crowned champion. An easier way is to win the race and set the fastest lap of the contest.

A race win would also do - if Charles Leclerc cannot finish better than second. Naturally, a DNF would be disastrous and take the title race into the next Grand Prix on the calendar in Austin, Texas.

But at a venue like this – where there is plenty of fast-flowing racing and not the stop-go go-kart style competition witnessed in Singapore last weekend – Verstappen’s Red Bull should reign supreme, and he is confidently expected to win the race. Coral is offering a standout 3/5 about the 25-year-old in the race win market.

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F1 Betting Tips

Japanese Grand Prix

Max Verstappen's Red Bull should reign supreme at Suzuka

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At 3/5 a £10 bet would return £16

Japanese Grand Prix

October 09, 2022

6:00 am BST


Perez Is Way Too Big for Podium Number Nine

Sergio Perez may be playing the role of wingman to his title-chasing teammate, but the Mexican will be full of confidence following last weekend’s race victory. Watching the video of that contest again, and considering how easily he brushed aside Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, it is difficult to understand how William Hill quote him at 13/10 to finish on the podium on Sunday.

Perez has finished on the podium in eight of this season’s 17 contests. That success rate alone makes a mockery of the available odds. And so the prospect of another podium finish has to be supported ahead of Friday’s practice sessions.

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Japanese Grand Prix

Sergio Perez looks a good bet to stand on the podium in Japan

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At 13/10 a £10 bet would return. £23

Japanese Grand Prix

October 09, 2022

6:00 am BST


Mapping Out a Ten Seconds Winning Gap

A third and final bet selection is a sizeable winning margin. This venue – like similar old-school tracks such as Spa and Imola – always stretches out a field. Often only a handful of cars manage to even finish on the leading lap.

Red Bull’s advantage is expected to be huge here. And, as was the case when F1 last visited the circuit in 2019, the favorites can score by a margin of at least 10 seconds. It is a scenario priced at 13/8 with BetVictor.

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Japanese Grand Prix

With Red Bull expected to dominate, a big winning margin looks likely

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At 13/8 a £10 bet would return £26.25

Japanese Grand Prix

October 09, 2022

6:00 am BST


Yuki First Man Out?

For fun stakes, a play on Yuki Tsunoda being the first driver retirement could offer some entertainment ...and profit.

He is racing on his home tarmac for the first time during his Formula 1 career. This could lead to him being overzealous at some point. He has retired from three of his last six starts and only went 10 laps in Singapore last weekend.

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Japanese Grand Prix

Yuki Tsunoda may be worth a small punt to be the first man out

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At 12/1 a £10 bet would return £130

Japanese Grand Prix

October 09, 2022

6:00 am BST

* Odds correct at the time of writing but subject to change.


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