Max Verstappen retains F1 title amid chaos and controversy at Japanese GP

Sergio Pérez, his teammate, came second on the day and third overall, while Charles Leclerc of Ferrari finished third in the race and second over the season. The day belonged to Verstappen but was also defined by anger from across the grid after a tractor was deployed on track while cars were still circulating. As the cars followed the safety car the race was then stopped on lap two to allow vehicles to be recovered and because the rain had become heavier. It reads: “No marshal or vehicle shall enter the circuit perimeter without permission from race control.” The clerk of the course cannot deploy vehicles without permission from race control. After just over two hours the cars returned to the track behind the safety car to resume racing on lap six, Verstappen and Leclerc both swiftly switching to intermediate tyres as conditions improved.

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