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Welcome to our protection for the 2024 Japanese Grand Prix from Suzuka. One of the very nice tracks, up there with Monza, Silverstone and Spa-Francorchamps for my cash. And maybe the Circuit of the Americas, too. It felt a bit bizarre after we had the Japanese Grand Prix at Mount Fuji however Suzuka simply feels proper now.

What can we anticipate from at this time’s race? Well, the RB20 being the good all-round automotive that it’s was anticipated to be the category of the sector and that has turned out to be the case. Max Verstappen took his fourth pole place of the season’s 4 races, although it was by a slender margin from team-mate Sergio Perez.

Just 0.066sec separated the Red Bull pair. Although each of Verstappen’s laps had been adequate for pole, each of Perez’s laps had been inside a tenth of the Dutchman’s equal efforts. That doesn’t occur all that usually. In third is the person who completed second in final yr’s race, McLaren’s Lando Norris who was just below three-tenths off the tempo. Decent effort. It was a little bit of a mixture of automobiles down from there with the order behind being: Sainz (Ferrari), Alonso (Aston Martin), Piastri (McLaren), Hamilton (Mercedes), Leclerc (Ferrari), Russell (Mercedes) and Tsunoda (RB).

The end result represented a mirrored image of the established order in 2024: Red Bull quickest however then uncertainty within the chasing pack. Is {that a} cause to be despondent? Perhaps, however there are causes to be cheerful. Firstly, Perez was near Verstappen. Secondly that pack was each nearer inside itself and much nearer to the entrance than final yr. In 2023 the hole between first and second was 0.581sec, the hole between first and fourth 0.665sec and the gfap between first and sixth almost a full second. This is a giant enchancment within the aggressive order and on a observe which is a reasonably good bellwether for the measure of an F1 automotive.

Does this imply we’d see a aggressive race? Well, I wouldn’t get your hopes up an excessive amount of however it will be good for Perez to be a fixture in Verstappen’s race and hopefully for among the bunch behind to have the ability to disrupt issues a bit. Last yr Verstappen beat Norris by just below 20 seconds. So let’s see what occurs this yr.

The race begins at 6am BST and we can have all of the build-up, dwell updates and response from Suzuka.