Race, Modern
OCT 10th 2022

Damien Smith

Six talking points from a drama‑filled Japanese GP

Max Verstappen, two-time world champion. But what a strange and confusing way for him to clinch his second consecutive crown, in the wake of a rain-delayed Japanese Grand Prix at the magnificent Suzuka. “Are you sure?” he asked as the news he’d done enough was broken to him during the post-race interviews, after a penalty for Charles Leclerc demoted the Ferrari driver a place to ensure Verstappen cannot be caught with four races of 2022 still to run. But given the manner of his 12th victory of the season, Red Bull’s hero had delivered a performance more than befitting his new status.

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