After a one-off performance at the 2023 Singapore Grand Prix, Red Bull seem to be back in form for the 2023 Japanese Grand Prix and are looking more and more likely to secure their sixth Constructors’ Championship this weekend.
Red Bull had the chance to close out the Constructors’ title in Singapore last weekend, were they needed to outscore Mercedes by 25 points, but both the Red Bull drivers struggled throughout the weekend, which saw them start outside the top ten, and although Max Verstappen put in a stellar drive on Sunday to finish fifth, his teammate, Sergio Pérez, could only manage eighth. With Lewis Hamilton scoring a podium for Mercedes, the wait for the title continued on to Japan.
This weekend, though, Verstappen has topped all of the Free Practice sessions and took a comfortable pole, almost more than half a second clear of P2. The Dutchman seems to be far quicker than the rest of the grid, and the Constructors’ title seems like it will be wrapped up this weekend.
Red Bull have been in a league of their own this season. Of the 15 races this year, they have won 14. If they wrap up the Constructors’ title in Japan, they will have created a record with six races to spare.
Title winning scenario
Red Bull need to make sure they outscore Mercedes in Suzuka and not get outscored by Ferrari by 24 points. Even if the Austrian team manage just one more point than the Silver Arrows, but ensure Ferrari don’t outscore them by more than 24 points, they will have secured the Constructors’ trophy.