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Live: F1 Japanese GP commentary and updates - Race

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Live: F1 Japanese GP commentary and updates - Race

A week after Singapore, Suzuka also returns to the calendar following a three-year absence, where Max Verstappen can claim a second F1 world title if he is 112 points clear of second place in the standings at the chequered flag.

The Red Bull driver starts on pole for Sunday's race, having escaped a penalty after a near-miss with Norris at 130R as both drivers came to prepare for their opening laps in the final stage of qualifying.

He will line up ahead of the Ferrari pair of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, with Red Bull's Sergio Perez joining the latter on the second row.

By: Jake Boxall-Legge, Haydn Cobb, Megan White


  • Max Verstappen wins dramatic F1 Japanese GP and becomes world champion
  • Leclerc and Perez finish 2nd and 3rd on the track, but the Ferrari driver hit with a five-second penalty for leaving the track and gaining an advantage, to promote Perez to second to decide the title
  • Sainz crashed out in initial start, Gasly under investigation for speeding under red flag in controversial recovery vehicle on track incident
  • Albon also out after mechanical failure


  1. Verstappen, Red Bull
  2. Leclerc, Ferrari
  3. Perez, Red Bull
  4. Ocon, Alpine
  5. Hamilton, Mercedes
  6. Vettel, Aston Martin
  7. Alonso, Alpine
  8. Russell, Mercedes
  9. Latifi, Williams
  10. Norris, McLaren
Status: Stopped
A comedy of errors today, but we really appreciate you joining us so early - it's certainly been a day! We'll see you in a couple of weeks' time for the US Grand Prix - have a good one!
One thing I'd be curious about is if Verstappen crossed the line before the timer went out. Not that it matters, I just reckon it ended a lap too soon.
So, let's wrap up - because the only thing that's clear is that everything is very unclear. Max Verstappen IS the 2022 F1 world champion, and the winner of a Japanese Grand Prix that was quite...unconventional.
And here's the report from the Japanese Grand Prix - essential reading for anyone who needs some clarification!:
From the FIA: "The rules regarding the reduced points allocation (article 6.5) only apply in the event of race suspension that cannot be resumed, and therefore full points are awarded and Max Verstappen is World Champion."
From the makers of "is that Glock?" comes the new film: "Is Max world champion?"
So according to the rules, the points distribution for shorter race distances applies if the race didn't resume. It seems it did, so we've got full Max Verstappen appears to be a two-time world champion! This confusion sums the day up, doesn't it?
You'd think, with all of the processing power in the F1 paddock, someone might be able to work out if Verstappen's won the title in all of this. Get someone an abacus.
Five-second penalty for Leclerc - there's a swift decision. Perez thus takes second, and Leclerc third.
Fastest lap for Zhou, his 1m44.411s a mere 0.001s clear of Alonso's best lap.
The Leclerc/Perez incident has been noted for leaving the track and gaining an advantage.
Russell was eighth, Latifi gets his first points of the year in ninth, and Norris completes the top 10.
Vettel and Alonso in a photo finish at the line but it looks like Vettel has his nose ahead to keep hold of sixth place!
Ocon keeps Hamilton at bay for fourth, as Vettel JUST holds off Alonso for sixth with the barest of margins!
Leclerc went off! He crossed the line ahead of Perez, but he went deep into the final chicane and cut across the Red Bull driver!
But Perez is all over Leclerc like a rash, can he pass in the final few corners?
And Max Verstappen wins the 2022 Japanese Grand Prix!
Alonso gets Russell to take seventh - now he's got less than a lap and 1.2s to find to catch Vettel.
The timer's up, lap 28 is our final lap.
Alonso has caught Russell in the fight for seventh and has about a lap and a half to make a move before the finish.