Max Verstappen wins the Japanese GP in Suzuka and is F1 world champion 2022! The Dutch Red Bull driver wins his second consecutive world championship in a race that was interrupted for two hours after an accident in Carlos Sainz and due to the rain that fell continuously.
Second place for team mate Perez, third place for Charles Leclerc on Ferrari. Fourth Esteban Ocon with Alpine, then Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso. Verstappen won at the end of a World Championship ruled, despite the shadows of the budget cap.
During the red flag at the start, an episode that caused discussion: the presence of a tractor on the track. Gasly went on a rampage, the FIA, which investigated him for the speed held in that regime, has already given a first explanation, with access granted with the red flag.
FIA explained: "The rules relating to the allocation of reduced points apply only in the event of a suspension of the race which cannot be resumed, and therefore full points are awarded and Max Verstappen is World Champion."
Max Verstappen wins in Suzuka to be F1 World Champion
Stefano Domenicali, F1 CEO, added: "Congratulations to Max Verstappen and Red Bull for winning the drivers' championship for 2022.
Max drove amazingly all season, without errors, and once again showed the world how much is an extraordinary talent. Charles, Sergio, George, Lewis and Carlos will fight to the end to get into the top three and we can't wait for the next races." The rain affected the Suzuka GP, but Max Verstappen deserved the final victory.
The rain was the real protagonist, however, with the race being stopped after 5 minutes and only 3 laps and resumed after 2 hours and 10 minutes of interruption, in the hope that the weather and the asphalt would improve.
In the end it was decided to restart, but with the race clock that included only about fifty minutes of running. The entire 53-lap GP ended with 29 laps. Regarding the tractor on the track, Pierre Gasly on AlphaTauri, said: "It's unacceptable! How is that possible? I can't believe it."