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Max Verstappen crowned world champion with Japanese Grand Prix Victory

2022-10-15 16:31:19 BdST

2023-09-25 15:07:57 BdST

Published: 2022-10-15 16:31:19 BdST


Live Desk: F1 is the most popular racing series in the world right now. It is the highest class of international racing for open-wheel single-seater formula racing cars sanctioned by the Federation International de I'Automobile ( FIA ).

This Sunday, Max Verstappen, a Belgian-Dutch driver competing under the Dutch flag with Red Bull racing, etched his name into the record books by joining a list of drivers in the history of the sport to win back-to-back world championships.

The legendary driver claimed a stunning second title in invigorating fashion at this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix. After winning the race, he sat down with F1 correspondent Lawrence Barretto to talk about his fantastic 2022 season.

He revealed winning at Suzuka was special and later paid tribute to his team, who he calls his " second family", following the work they did to build the RB 18 (a car designed and constructed by Red Bull) and for the way, they improved the reliability issues that plagued the team a t the start of the year.

With victory secured, Max and his Red Bull team have sealed the title with four races to go, a remarkable achievement his team will celebrate, even as they await the potentially serious FIA verdict on whether they overspent the budget cap last season.

The most significant point to note is that Charles Leclerc, a driver for Scuderia Ferrari, played a massive role in deciding Max's victory at the championship. At the end of the race, Leclerc went off-track at the chicane while defending second place from Sergio Perez( who also races for Red Bull racing).

This led to him getting swiftly penalized five seconds for leaving the track and gaining an advantage. The penalty dropped Leclerc behind Perez in the final standings. The points he lost as a result of that meant Max clinched the championship.

On the contrary, seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton finished fifth after being overtaken by, Esteban Ocon, during the course of the race. Hamilton said he " had a blast" and " it was awesome" despite only about forty minutes of action and an underwhelming result for his team. He was more than forty seconds behind winner Max by the end. 

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