Max Verstappen’s first chance for the title in Formula 1 will be followed by the second next Sunday. The seventh from Singapore goes into the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka with a 104-point lead over Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc (from 7:00 a.m. in the LIVE ticker>>>).
This time the Dutchman can also do it on his own, but only if he wins the 18th of 22 races of the season and also sets the fastest lap of the race. Then Leclerc would not be enough for second place to postpone the World Cup decision again.
Otherwise, Verstappen would also be world champion in every other scenario in which he scores eight points more than Leclerc and six more than his Red Bull teammate and Singapore winner Sergio Perez, like last year.
Because in the last four races of the season only a maximum of 112 points can be reached – 25 each for the race win, one each for the fastest lap and eight for the sprint race victory in Brazil. Because Verstappen is uncatchable in terms of victories (11), he would be world champion if the points were equal at the end of the season.
Those are the scenarios
Verstappen does not necessarily have to win in Suzuka. On Sunday that would have been a basic requirement in Singapore to make everything clear.
Verstappen becomes world champion in Japan:
– if, as the winner of the race, he also receives the additional point for the fastest lap
– if, as the winner of the race, he does not receive the additional point for the fastest lap and Leclerc or Perez each finish third at most
– if he generally scores eight points more than Charles Leclerc and six points more than Sergio Perez