Max Verstappen wins Japanese GP and world title after Leclerc handed penalty – as it happened

I’ll be off now, but thanks for joining us (Dan, mainly) and catch you next time. Verstappen claimed the championship after an absolutely dominant season. Between the two Verstappen interviews – the first that was planned and the second that wasn’t – Perez had this to say:. Verstappen didn’t know that when he crossed the line and there was a bizarre moment when he was interviewed post-race and said “it would have been great to win it here but we have a good opportunity at the next race”. 9 mins left: For those asking about laps, I honestly have no idea. 10 mins: Perez is gaining on Leclerc by a second a lap. Leclerc would have to drop back 5 places for Verstappen to win the title here. 20 mins left: 10 seconds now separates Verstappen in first and Leclerc in second. Perez and Leclerc – who was 1.4 seconds slower than Verstappen in that last lap – have taken their foot off the gas. Verstappen pulling away from Leclerc, that gap is now over 6 seconds, almost 7 in fact. Verstappen and Lecelerc are currently going 2 seconds a lap faster than anyone else.

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