F1 World Cup Championships
F1 World Cup Championships, Verstappen won his second world championship in a row after finishing first in inclement circumstances.
Max Verstappen won the Japanese Grand Prix in the rain at Suzuka, clinching his second straight driver’s championship and signaling a change of guard in F1 World Cup Championships.
Verstappen now has an unassailable 113-point lead in the F1 World Cup Championships, making him just the third driver, after Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel, to do so with four races remaining.
Verstappen was only told he had retained his championship halfway through the post-race TV interview, and even the driver was unsure whether he had done so.
“It’s a strange sensation, of course, since I didn’t anticipate it when I crossed the line,” Verstappen remarked, shocked.
“Was it going to be half points or full points for the F1 World Cup Championships?” I had no idea how many points I would get. “I was pleased with how the race went.” The Dutchman began on the pole in torrential rain, which caused havoc, only for the race to be called off after two laps when numerous cars collided. It restarted two hours later, with 28 of the 53 laps completed and Verstappen leading the whole time – from start to finish.
He was chased down by teammate Sergio Perez and Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc. They were the only drivers capable of unseating Verstappen for the championship. Leclerc was faster off the line than pole-sitter Verstappen, who claimed he had “a horrible start” before regaining the lead with a daring move around the outside of turn one. “It was really tight,” Verstappen remarked, “but that’s what fans want to watch.”
On the opening lap, Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz spun out, while Alex Albon’s Williams broke down, resulting in a safety car for the F1 World Cup Championships. A red flag quickly followed, forcing the drivers to return to the pit lane for more than an hour until the race resumed at the second attempt under a safety car rolling restart.
Verstappen began the race with a lead over Leclerc and Perez, which he easily increased after the safety car period was gone and track conditions steadily improved at the F1 World Cup Championships. Verstappen has won in a variety of ways this season, including from the back of the race and after recovering from a spin.
Sunday’s race was again another demonstration of his skill. Verstappen enters exclusive company after winning two championships in a row. It also represents a change of guard that might signal the end of the Lewis Hamilton era.
The previous ten wins
- Verstappen – Red Bull 2022
- Verstappen – Red Bull 2021
- Hamilton – Mercedes 2020
- Hamilton – Mercedes – 2019
- Hamilton – Mercedes – 2018
- Hamilton – Mercedes – 2017
- Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 2016
- Hamilton – Mercedes – 2015
- Hamilton – Mercedes – 2014
- Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull 2013
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