Max Verstappen dominated the Japanese GP, securing an impressive victory and clinching Red Bull Racing’s sixth constructors’ title.
Throughout the race, the championship leader showcased unrivaled performance, crossing the finish line with a commanding lead of approximately 20 seconds.
Meanwhile, McLaren exhibited superior pace and strategic prowess, enabling both Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri to secure podium positions.
Verstappen currently leads the championship standings with a remarkable 177-point advantage, and he has the opportunity to secure the drivers’ title at the upcoming Grand Prix in Qatar. Reflecting on his performance, he expressed, “This weekend has been truly extraordinary,” while speaking in parc ferme.
“To win here in the Japanese GP is great and the car was working really well on every compound. But the most important thing is to also win the constructors’ championship. I’m very proud of everyone at the track and also back at the factory – we’re having an incredible year.
“[There was] a bit too much wheelspin at the start but after that it was quite a straightforward race.”
Norris clinched the second position in the Japanese GP, surpassing his McLaren teammate Oscar Piastri, who celebrated his inaugural podium finish in Formula 1.
Charles Leclerc secured the fourth spot for Ferrari, marking his third consecutive top-four finish, with Lewis Hamilton following closely.
Hamilton engaged in intense battles with his Mercedes colleague George Russell and executed a courageous overtake on his old rival Fernando Alonso at 130R.
Carlos Sainz claimed the sixth position in the other Ferrari, ahead of Russell, who settled for seventh after attempting a one-stop strategy that didn’t hold up well in the final laps.
Alonso secured the eighth spot for Aston Martin, while Alpine had a successful outing with Pierre Gasly in ninth and Esteban Ocon in tenth, both earning valuable points.
In a remarkable performance, Verstappen single-handedly propelled Red Bull to the world title.
However, it was a disappointing day for his teammate Sergio Perez, who faced challenges with the front wing and eventually retired from the race. Perez’s failure to earn points widened Verstappen’s lead in the Drivers’ Championship to a substantial 177 points.
This puts Verstappen in a prime position to potentially clinch the world championship in the upcoming Sprint race at the Qatar GP.
Japanese GP result
1) Max Verstappen, Red Bull
2) Lando Norris, McLaren
3) Oscar Piastri, McLaren
4) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
5) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
6) Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
7) George Russell, Mercedes
8) Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin
9) Pierre Gasly, Alpine
10) Esteban Ocon, Alpine