Max Verstappen revalidates his title as Formula 1 World Champion. The Dutch Red Bull driver arrived in Japanese territory with everything in his favor to proclaim himself the winner of the World Cup and that is how it ended up happening in a completely strange Grand Prix from the beginning and until the end. At the Suzuka circuit, the 53 laps were not completed, but even so, all the points were distributed and Max is already a two-time champion.
He won the race, celebrated victory at Suzuka, with Charles Leclerc and ‘Checo’ Pérez behind him. At that time of the interviews, it was known that the Ferrari driver was sanctioned with five seconds, becoming third and the Mexican, second. Doubts about whether or not he was world champion appeared immediately, both in Japan and in the rest of the world.
Despite not completing the 53 laps, the regulations say that if the race is relaunched and reaches its end, whatever the percentage of it, all the points at stake are distributed. That is why Verstappen added the 25 necessary to continue on the throne of F1.
As soon as the race started, Carlos Sainz Jr. suffered an accident. All the drivers started with an intermediate tire, this, together with the zero visibility on the track, ended with the Ferrari doing hydroplaning and ended up out of the race. Before the drivers were all in the pit lane, the crane made an appearance on the track. There could have been much to regret, but fortunately there was not. Pierre Gasly was on the verge of tragedy as Jules Bianchi in 2014. The AlphaTauri pilot was very angry about what happened, he did not hesitate to point out that he could have died due to the appearance of the crane on the track with the pilots still on it.
As a goal, the historical mark that still belongs to Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton. Both have seven Formula 1 world titles. The superiority of Max Verstappen and his Red Bull at present is total, so it is not unreasonable to think that he will continue to command in the coming years.
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