Max Verstappen restores normal service for Red Bull with Japanese F1 GP pole

With two superb runs on the figure-of-eight circuit, Verstappen beat the McLaren of Oscar Piastri into second place, an equally impressive showing for the rookie who takes his first front row GP start on Sunday. Verstappen, out early in every session, set the pace on his first hot run in Q3. It was immense and more than a half a second up on Piastri who had put in a huge run in the McLaren to claim second. This is Verstappenā€™s second pole in Japan, after he took the top spot here last year and converted it to his first win in Suzuka. A comprehensive defeat by Ferrariā€™s Carlos Sainz at the Marina Bay circuit ended the teamā€™s 14-race run of wins this season and Verstappenā€™s record of 10 victories in a row.

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