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What happened at the F1 race in Japan? Summary and results

Max Verstappen led the opening meters of the race from pole position despite wet track conditions, which quickly worsened and caused Carlos Sainz to crash. At that point, the session was red-flagged.

When conditions improved slightly, the race resumed with 40 minutes to go, and Verstappen came out on top again, leaving Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) behind to score his 12th victory of the season.

The Monegasque beat Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez but was handed a 5-second penalty by the FIA stewards for missing the final chicane and lost second place to the Mexican.

That was enough for Verstappen to become world champion for the second consecutive year, not without controversy.

F1 Japanese Grand Prix 2022 Race Results

Cla Pilot laps Difference Interval Points
1 NetherlandsMax Verstappen 28     25
two Mexico Sergio Perez 28 27,066 27,066 18
3 MonacoCharles Leclerc 28 31.763 4.697 15
4 FranceEsteban Ocon 28 39.685 7.922 12
5 United KingdomLewis Hamilton 28 40.326 0.641 10
6 GermanySebastian Vettel 28 46.358 6.032 8
7 SpainFernando Alonso 28 46.369 0.011 6
8 United KingdomGeorge Russell 28 47.661 1.292 4
9 CanadaNicholas Latifi 28 1’10.143 22.482 2
10 United KingdomLando Norris 28 1’10.782 0.639 1
11 AustraliaDaniel Ricciardo 28 1’12.877 2.095  
12 CanadaLance Stroll 28 1’13.904 1.027  
13 Japan Yuki Tsunoda 28 1’15.599 1.695
14 DenmarkKevin Magnussen 28 1’26.016 10.417  
15 Finland Valtteri Bottas 28 1’26.496 0.480
16 China Guanyu Zhou 28 1’27.043 0.547
17 France Pierre Gasly 28 1’28,091 1,048
18 GermanyMick Schumacher 28 1’32.523 4.432  
Thailand Alexander Albon 0
Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. 0

What happened at the F1 Japanese Grand Prix race at Suzuka?

On a track with tricky conditions due to rain and with all the cars starting on intermediate tyres, Verstappen held the lead until Turn 1.

Leclerc, who went wheel to wheel with the Dutchman, gave in and came second, ahead of Pérez, Sainz, Esteban Ocon (Alpine) and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes).

Sebastian Vettel spun after colliding with Fernando Alonso’s Alpine at Turn 1, and a little later, Sainz suffered aquaplaning and that caused the safety car to come out.

Guanyu Zhou also spun his Alfa Romeo, at the hairpin, while Pierre Gasly came out of the pitlane and hit a billboard that had fallen on the track after Sainz’s accident, while Alex Albon’s Williams also stopped at half of the track.

Due to the intensification of the rain and all those incidents, the race director decided to raise the red flag, but before that, Gasly, who had entered the pits to change the nose, experienced one of the most controversial moments of the year when he crossed on the track with an extraction crane that was removing Sainz’s car.

After the long delay, Verstappen was leading ahead of Leclerc, Pérez, Ocon, Hamilton and Alonso. Vettel pitted almost immediately and began to set fastest sector times, causing the rest of the drivers to copy his strategy.

Alonso led for a lap, before he too pitted. Mick Schumacher briefly led, but Verstappen passed him to get back into the lead, while Leclerc fell some five seconds behind. After setting the fastest lap, Leclerc struggled with tire degradation, losing over 20 seconds to Verstappen and seeing Perez close in from behind.

The Mexican attacked him in the closing stages, but Leclerc managed to fight back and finish second, but a five-second penalty for missing the Casio chicane on the last lap relegated him to third, with the Red Bull climbed to second step of the podium.

Ocon and Hamilton battled for fourth place, while Vettel benefited from his early pit stop to finish sixth, with Alonso right behind him. George Russell lost time in the pit stops but was able to recover and finish eighth.

The fastest laps of the 2022 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix

Cla Pilot Chassis laps Weather Difference Interval Km/h
1 China Guanyu Zhou Alfa Romeo 20 1’44.411 200.220
2 SpainFernando Alonso Alpine 25 1’44.412 0.001 0.001 200.218
3 MonacoCharles Leclerc Ferrari 10 1’44.489 0.078 0.077 200.070
4 NetherlandsMax Verstappen Red Bull 10 1’44.911 0.500 0.422 199.266
5 CanadaLance Stroll Aston Martin 21 1’45.205 0.794 0.294 198.709
6 France Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 22 1’45,387 0.976 0.182 198,366
7 United KingdomLewis Hamilton Mercedes 11 1’45.530 1.119 0.143 198.097
8 Japan Yuki Tsunoda Alpha Tauri twenty two 1’45.893 1.482 0.363 197.418
9 Mexico Sergio Perez Red Bull eleven 1’46.120 1,709 0.227 196,995
10 GermanyMick Schumacher Haas 13 1’46.545 2.134 0.425 196.210
11 FranceEsteban Ocon Alpine 11 1’46.559 2.148 0.014 196.184
12 GermanySebastian Vettel Aston Martin 13 1’46.964 2.553 0.405 195.441
13 United KingdomGeorge Russell Mercedes 21 1’47.004 2.593 0.040 195.368
14 Finland Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo 11 1’47.820 3.409 0.816 193.889
fifteen Australia Daniel Ricciardo McLaren eleven 1,47,843 3,432 0.023 193,848
16 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas 10 1’48,072 3,661 0.229 193,437
17 United KingdomLando Norris McLaren 8 1’48.175 3.764 0.103 193.253
18 CanadaNicholas Latifi Williams 12 1’48.371 3.960 0.196 192.904

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