Max Verstappen dominated a rain-shortened Japanese Grand Prix to seal his second world championship; post-race five-second penalty for Charles Leclerc, demoting the Ferrari to third, sealed title for Verstappen; Sergio Perez completes Red Bull one-two in second
Last Updated: 09/10/22 9:35am
Watch the moment where Max Verstappen finds out he become 2022 F1 drivers’ world champion after Charles Lerclerc handed five-second penalty at Japanese GP
Max Verstappen sealed his second Formula 1 world championship amid huge confusion after winning a chaotic, rain-shortened Japanese Grand Prix.
There was huge confusion at the chequered flag amid uncertainty over whether full or partial points would be awarded for a race in which only 29 of the 53 scheduled laps were completed.
Regardless of whether or not full points were awarded, Verstappen would have been denied the title if Charles Leclerc had come second, but the Ferrari driver’s final-lap error saw him given a five-second penalty that demoted him to third behind the other Red Bull of Sergio Perez.
Karun Chandhok talks through a chaotic start to the Japanese GP as the race is red-flagged in heavy rain
The race had earlier threatened to be overshadowed by controversy, as an initial attempt to start in heavy rain resulted in chaos, with Carlos Sainz crashing into a barrier, before a recovery tractor came on track before the race had been red flagged, with the cars still on the circuit.
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