Japanese Grand Prix: Max Verstappen eyes ‘perfect’ race as wait nearly over for second title

Verstappen and Red Bull have been the fastest combination over a race distance for the majority of the year. Verstappen says: “I’m not thinking about it too much. We had that in qualifying and I hope it will be the same in the race because we do need a perfect race to win it. If anything, the narrow margin between Verstappen and Leclerc on Saturday probably flattered the Ferrari driver. Leclerc and Ferrari have been the fastest car-driver combination over one lap this year – his nine pole positions are testament to that. But Verstappen’s fastest time on Saturday was set on his first run, when he was 0.253secs quicker than Leclerc. Leclerc and Ferrari can still have some say in when the championship is secured by Verstappen. Beating Verstappen would extend the ‘uncertainty’ to the next race in Austin, Texas. It could be not the most exciting race if it’s dry, at least not for us.”.

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