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Max Verstappen secured his 13th victory of the Formula 1 season at the Japanese Grand Prix, clinching the Constructors’ Championship for Red Bull. Verstappen’s dominant performance in Suzuka came after Red Bull faced criticism following the Singapore Grand Prix, where he finished fifth.
Verstappen faced competition from McLaren drivers Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri, but he managed to hold them off in the early part of the race. He expressed his joy to his team, praising their car’s performance.
Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez experienced a challenging race, damaging his car’s front wings twice and retiring after crashing into Kevin Magnussen’s Haas. He also received a penalty for overtaking Fernando Alonso under the safety car.
With 26 points gained in Suzuka, Verstappen needs only three more points to secure his third Drivers’ Championship. He can potentially clinch the title in Qatar, where a sprint race will be introduced for the first time at the Lusail International Circuit.
The Red Bull team celebrated their sixth Constructors’ Championship, highlighting their impressive overall performance throughout the season. The next race, the Qatar Airways Qatar Grand Prix, is scheduled to take place from October 6-8 at the Lusail International Circuit. Verstappen holds a significant lead in the Drivers’ Championship, positioning him well for a potential championship victory.