Max Verstappen secured a dominant win at the Japanese Grand Prix, further solidifying his lead in the Drivers’ Championship and securing the Constructors’ Championship for Red Bull Racing. Lando Norris finished in second place, with his teammate Oscar Piastri taking third. Sergio Pérez, in the other Red Bull, was forced to retire after two early collisions.
Verstappen expressed his gratitude to his team, saying, “Unbelievable guys, you deserve that. You have built a rocket ship of a car, well done!” He now sits on 400 points, just a few points away from his third title. With 180 points still available from the remaining six races, Verstappen is on track to win the crown at the next race in Qatar.
Starting from pole position, Verstappen held onto the lead and controlled the race. Despite a brief slowdown due to a Safety Car period, he comfortably maintained his advantage and finished 19.3 seconds ahead of Norris.
Piastri made a move on Verstappen at the start, but Verstappen defended his position and allowed Norris to overtake Piastri. Pérez, on the other hand, had a poor start and was involved in a collision with Lewis Hamilton, dropping him to seventh place.
Pérez’s race went from bad to worse when he received a five-second time penalty for rejoining the race incorrectly behind the Safety Car. He later collided with Kevin Magnussen and received a second penalty. With his car feeling off, Pérez retired from the race.
Verstappen and the leaders made their pit stops, with Verstappen effortlessly returning to the lead. Norris was asked by McLaren to let Piastri pass, as he was running faster. Verstappen continued to extend his lead, ultimately crossing the finish line over 19 seconds ahead of Norris.
Behind the leaders, Charles Leclerc finished in fourth, followed by Hamilton and Sainz. George Russell, who made only one pit stop, secured seventh place. Fernando Alonso, Esteban Ocon, and Pierre Gasly completed the top ten.
With this win, Verstappen sealed the Constructors’ Championship for Red Bull Racing. The team now has an unassailable lead in the championship. Verstappen’s incredible season puts him in a fantastic position to clinch his third Drivers’ Championship at the next race in Qatar.
The Japanese Grand Prix showcased Verstappen’s dominance in the championship and served as a milestone victory for Red Bull Racing. As the season progresses, all eyes now turn to Qatar, where Verstappen has the opportunity to secure his third Drivers’ title and further solidify his status as one of the greats in Formula 1.