The extent of Red Bull’s dominance this season is such that ahead of the 15th of 22 Rounds we have the possibility of one title being claimed this weekend at the Singapore Grand Prix.
Still unbeaten in the 14 rounds so far, Max Verstappen won a dozen of those and Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez bagged the other two. Now, fresh from a famous one-two ay Monza a second Formula 1 Constructors’ title is on the cards if they can repeat the feat.
Although the season has been done and dusted for the past several races, mathematically speaking, Red Bull could clinch the F1 constructors’ title at Marina Bay Circuit this weekend. RBR lead closest rivals Mercedes by 310 points. On Sunday, they need another one-two result, plus the bonus point for fastest lap which in total is 44 points. Mercedes drivers need to score one point or less for it to happen.
It’s a long shot that Red Bull do the business on Sunday, but then this is F1 and anything can happen. If they don’t seal the deal in Singapore, the Japanese Grand Prix a week later is most likely to be where they will celebrate their sixth F1 constructors title since the team was founded back in 2005.
In the driving seat, Verstappen is relentlessly heading to his third F1 Drivers’ world championship title in as many years. From a maths perspective, he cannot win it in Singapore this Sunday as eight Grands Prix remain, including three Sprint Race weekends with a total of 232 points on the table to be had.
Perez is second, 145 points adrift, which means the earliest Verstappen could clinch the title is at the Japanese Grand Prix. Leaving Suzuka that Sunday with a 180-point lead over Checo is the goal. Barring that, the Qatar GP will be the scene of Max’s crowning.
Bookmakers believe Max Verstappen is most likely to win his third F1 championship in Qatar with a 66.7% chance and odds at 1/2. And for the crazy punters, they have a 100/1 offer that Verstappen won’t win the Drivers Title this year!
Not known for missing out on opportunities, bookmakers now give punters 2/1 odds that Verstappen wins the remaining 8 races of the F1 season.