Max Verstappen won the 2022 Japanese Grand Prix to become the Formula 1 World Champion in 2022. The Dutchman won the rain-shortened race, but still was given full points for his performance. That decision, and a quick penalty that demoted Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc to third place, meant that the Dutchman sealed the title in the home of Red Bull’s engine provider, Honda.
Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Pérez finished second, while Alpine’s Esteban Ocon did well to hold his fourth position ahead of Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.
The race started in wet conditions and was red-flagged after Carlos Sainz crashed his Ferrari F1-75 in the first lap. While cars were still going past the crash site, there was a crane on the site, which was a horrible sight and a sign that the FIA has not learned from its mistakes.
The suspension was a long one, and the race started only for 28 of the 53 scheduled laps
The next race will be at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, USA. Of course, that weekend will certainly have more controversy, as the FIA still must announce the penalty it will give Red Bull for being the only team to breach the Cost Cap in 2021.