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Verstappen wins chaotic, rain-hit Japanese GP title


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Purple Bull Racing’s Dutch driver Max Verstappen poses on the rostrum with the trophy after his victory on the Method One Japanese Grand Prix on October 9, 2022 in Suzuka, Mie Prefecture.

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Max Verstappen sealed his second Method 1 World Championship amid heavy confusion after successful the rain-hit Japanese Grand Prix.

There was heavy confusion over the checkered flag amid uncertainty over whether or not full or partial factors could be awarded for a race, through which solely 29 of the 53 scheduled laps have been accomplished.

No matter whether or not full factors have been awarded or not, Verstappen would have been denied the title if Charles Leclerc had completed second, however the Ferrari driver’s last-lap error price him a five-second penalty, which earned him a second Purple Bull second-place end. positioned third behind. of Sergio Perez.

The race was threatened with controversy at first, as an preliminary try to start out in heavy rain resulted in chaos, Carlos Sainz crashing into an impediment, on a restoration tractor monitor earlier than the race was purple flagged. Arrived, with the vehicles nonetheless on the circuit.

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