Five themes to watch for in the Japanese GP

Five themes to watch for in the Japanese GP

AUTOSPORT's Formula 1 editor Edd Straw picks the five key storylines to watch out for going into the Japanese Grand Prix

Red Bull under threat

Friday practice showed that, without question, Adrian Newey's RB6 is the class of the field around the sweeps of Suzuka. Ferrari's Felipe Massa admitted as much, as even though he was expecting Scuderia Milton Keynes to dominate, its advantage in free practice was bigger than he feared.

If it's a dry, normal race and Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel qualify on the front row, the race could be a foregone conclusion. But if things go wrong in qualifying and the rain hangs around for the afternoon, the pressure will be on the team at a race it rightly saw as its one remaining banker.

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