The Formula One world championship may have already have been decided, but the Brazilian Grand Prix is likely to still be an exciting affair.


Rain for the Brazilian Grand Prix?

The Autódromo José Carlos Pace in São Paulo has a habit of being wet. In fact, last year’s race saw some almost impossible racing conditions, which made for one of the races of the season. Max Verstappen, who finished in third place, and got the fastest lap, pulled off some of the most audacious overtakes of the season.

F1 Grand Prix of Brazil - Max Verstappen

At the time of writing, the weather for the race looks clear, however, qualifying could well be a damp affair. Verstappen’s skill in slippery conditions is quite incredible and his Red Bull is suited to less than ideal conditions. If the track offers up some of São Paulo’s famously inclement weather, Verstappen could well be the pick to snap up his first career F1 pole position.

Tip: Max Verstappen Fastest Qualifier


The fight for second

Sebastian Vettel now finds himself locked in battle with Valtteri Bottas for the second spot in the world championship. With just 15 points separating the pair, it’s all to play for in the final two races of the season.

F1 Brazilian Grand Prix - Valtteri Bottas

Bottas has had a lull in form following the summer break. This has been put down to difficulties in setting his Mercedes up to suit his driving style. He did, however, manage a magnificent second place at the Mexican Grand Prix last time out. Could the tides be turning? With dry weather expected on Sunday, I fully expect the Silver Arrows to be the fastest cars and so Bottas could easily emulate this result in São Paulo. It is also worth noting that if Lewis Hamilton sits in first, with Bottas in second, the Mercedes team may switch their two drivers around to maximise the points for the Finn.

Tip: Valtteri Bottas Race Winner (Each Way)


The shackles are off

In Mexico, Force India secured their fourth position in the constructors’ championship with their 15th double points finish of the season. Previously the team had banned their pair of drivers from racing at close quarters, after incidents between them earlier in the season. Now it seems the shackles may be off as Force India look to extend their record-breaking 175-point tally.

F1 Brazilian Grand Prix - Esteban Ocon

Despite the fact Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon are free to race, the latter is likely to continue his recent dominance over his teammate. In the previous three races, Ocon has finished in the top six and I see little reason why he can’t continue this form.

Tip: Esteban Ocon Top 6 Finish

Odds are correct at the time of posting

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