Max Verstappen on verge of F1 world title after winning Japanese Grand Prix

He is now driversā€™ champion-elect, the title all but claimed at Suzuka. The race was almost the season in microcosm as Verstappen dominated from pole to flag. Verstappenā€™s driversā€™ championship is set to be delivered in considerably more underwhelming circumstances. Verstappen is likely to seal the title after a meaningless 30-minute dash in the desert, a procession at a doubtless all-but empty circuit devoid of atmosphere. Verstappen said earlier this weekend he does not care about how and where it is done, only that it is under his belt as he continues an inexorable march, a relentless advance typified by Suzuka. Verstappen has been the vanguard of their charge and had PĆ©rez been closer to his teammate on more occasions they might have closed out the title even sooner. The rest of the grid has some way to go to come close to matching Red Bull but this was a title the team thoroughly deserved. Red Bull and Verstappen left Japan with their season all but complete, the sportā€™s dominant force enjoying their spoils but with one eye already on the future.

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