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Japan 2010 - The race // A brief break splits qualifying and the Grand Prix in Suzuka

Published by Christine

Micheal Schumacher at the wheel of his silver Mercedes in Japan
Credit: Mercedes GP

With qualifying so very fresh in our minds, it's going to be interesting to see how the drivers cope with getting back out on track so quickly. The tarmac will not have changed too much, and all they will need to do is make sure they're in the right mindset for some long-haul racing, rather than that dash for pole.

Weather update

cloudy

Suzuka, Japan, Sunday

25℃

  • Low 16℃
  • Humidity 61%

Overcast skies

For qualifying, the skies were clear and the sun was shining. Everything was fresh, bright and new. The forecasts suggest there may be some rain showers during the day, but my guess is they will miss the race entirely, as I can't believe the weather could change that quickly. Could it?

One to watch

Jenson Button has placed himself on a different strategy to everyone around him, qualifying on the harder tyre. His teammate is penalised and thus moves below him, so starting 5th on the grid will help the defending champion a little.

He didn't seem 100% impressed with the decision during the post-session interviews, having realised that a track full of soft tyre rubber is not as quick when you're going against the grain. However, he will have more durable boots on during the first stint of the race, and whilst everyone around him is diving into the pits, he should face more luxury when it comes to choosing his pit stop window.

That's the plan, anyway. We'll see how it all unfolds.

Predictions please

Will Red Bull romp away with the win? How far up the order can Hamilton make it after his penalty, and Massa after his poor qualifying? Will there be any adverse weather? Who will be the first to retire?

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With qualifying so very fresh in our minds, it's going to be interesting to see how the drivers cope with getting back out on track so quickly. The tarmac will not have changed too much, and all they will need to do is make sure they're in the right mindset for some long-haul racing, rather than that dash for pole.
Mercedes GP

Event start

07:00GMT +01:00

10 October 2010