2022 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix highlights

Max Verstappen claimed victory in the 2022 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix and took the world title with it after a dramatic late penalty for Charles Leclerc put the championship beyond doubt. Verstappen won a restarted race amid persistent rain at Suzuka, with Leclerc initially looking set to finish second. With just under 50 minutes to run on the race clock, the Safety Car led the field out of the pit lane for a planned rolling start, which was soon carried out and released the pack of cars – all of them this time forced to run wets, rather than having the choice to use intermediates. With such a short race starting behind the safety car in wet conditions, a clear-cut strategy left little room for variation. However, some drivers initially stayed out on their full wet tyres while the majority pitted for intermediates after the start – hoping to gain track position and take advantage of any potential safety cars.

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