LIVE – Japanese GP: Verstappen has finally crowned himself world champion for the second time in his career

Verstappen finally crowned world champion !!!

In the confusion of Suzuka, finally all the points have been awarded. With the penalty inflicted by Charles Leclerc and his relegation to 3rd place behind Sergio Perez, Max Verstappen is therefore officially crowned world champion for the second time in his career.

Victory but no title for Verstappen!

The Dutchman from Red Bull takes the victory but has not (yet) won the title of world champion. Max Verstappen precedes Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez. Frenchman Esteban Ocon finished with an excellent 4th place. There remains a doubt about Leclerc’s 2nd place who shoots straight before crossing the finish line.

It’s the end of time, last lap!

The pilots only have one lap to attack.

The turning point has passed

If the points scale has changed again, current positions do not allow Verstappen to be mathematically crowned world champion.

Gasly still in the pits

Third stage for the Frenchman, 18th and a good last in the Grand Prix. There are 12 minutes to go.

Hamilton attacks Ocon

Great battle for 4th place! Ocon resists Hamilton’s attacks, but for how long?

The most decisive point on the fastest lap for Verstappen?

According to the rules, the winner of the GP earns only 13 points and not 25 when less than 50% of the race is completed, as could be the case this Sunday in Suzuka (the top nine drivers earn points). In this hypothesis, Verstappen cannot be crowned this Sunday with a victory and the best time. On the other hand, he can be if he scores 6 points more than Perez and 8 more than Leclerc, who starts badly. It is Leclerc who has the fastest lap in the provisional race.

Here is the distribution of the points:

1st – 13 points; 2nd – 10 points; 3rd – 8 points; 4th – 6 points; 5th – 5 points; 6th – 4 points; 7th – 3 points; 8th – 2 points; 9th – 1 point.

Fastest lap for Leclerc

Less than half an hour from the end of this GP, the Monegasque Charles Leclerc conquers the fastest lap of the race.

Verstappen regains his position as leader

The game of pit stops benefits Verstappen who recovers the first place in front of Leclerc at 0 ” 4.

Verstappen and Leclerc in the pits!

The two leaders stop in turn and opt for intermediate tires. Alonso is now in the lead.

Several drivers in the pits

This is the case of Bottas, Vettel and Latifi who will start with intermediate tires.

And here we go again!

Verstappen leads the race ahead of Leclerc! We are going to fight on a track that is still very wet.

Two reconnaissance laps already

The departure is undoubtedly imminent.

The cars are back on track

Driven by the safety car, the single-seaters return to the Suzuka circuit. “The track is very good,” Hamilton announces. It will be a quick start.

The wrath of Jules Bianchi’s father

“No respect for the life of the drivers, no respect for the memory of Jules,” wrote Philippe Bianchi, the father of the French driver who passed away in 2015, in Suzuka after his car got stuck under a lifting device that ended up evacuating. the Sauber of the German Adrian Sutil, who went off the track on the previous lap.

The race will resume

Weather conditions have improved slightly and the race will then resume at 9:15 am.

The anger of Sergio Perez

After Lando Norris, it’s up to Sergio Perez to express his anger at the presence of a tow truck on the track. “How do we make it clear that we no longer want a crane on the track? We have already lost Jules (Bianchi) due to this mistake. What happened today is totally unacceptable !!! I hope this is the last time I see a crane in track “, tweeted the winner of the last Singapore GP.

What if Gasly is guilty?

Pierre Gasly is summoned in about half an hour by the race marshals. But for what reason? According to Canal +, the Frenchman mad with rage for entering the track next to a truck could be penalized for driving over the 250 km / h limit under the red flag.

No points awarded if the race does not resume

According to the regulations, no points will be awarded if the race does not resume. For the points to be distributed, the drivers must have completed two laps, as was the case at Suzuka, except that the second lap was completed under the safety car. However, the two laps of the track must be completed under normal racing conditions.

Norris also has no desire to resume

Lando Norris (McLaren) has just posted a message on Twitter and, like Albon, the Brit obviously doesn’t really want to resume: “Wtf. How did it happen !? We lost a life a few years ago (the death of Jules Bianchi in 2015 right here in Suzuka, ed). We are risking our lives, especially in such conditions. We want to race but so … Unacceptable “.

What you need to know about Gasly’s anger over a tow truck

After removing a display panel from his wing that landed on the front of his AlphaTauri, Pierre Gasly got back on track but found himself with a tow truck. The presence of this truck could have been very dangerous. He drove the Rouennais mad with rage, and they said “I could have killed myself!” The race marshals have opened an investigation. According to Albon, Vettel had already raised the problem of these tow trucks entering the circuit too quickly after an accident.

… All information and pictures are here

Albon does not want to return to the race

Questioned by Canal +, Alexander Albon does not wish to resume this Grand Prix. The Williams driver believes that the conditions are not good enough. “These are the worst conditions I’ve experienced in my career. Of course we want to race but at what cost?”

It’s not getting better in Suzuka

According to the weather forecast, a downpour is expected in about ten minutes. We are therefore not ready to resume the race.

Departure late

The rain never ceases to upset this Grand Prix. The new beginning is still overdue. One point will be done in 10 minutes.

The race will resume at 7:50 am.

The race marshals announce the resumption of the race at 7:50 am.

The reasons for Gasly’s anger

According to Canal +, Pierre Gasly was furious because he found himself on the track with a truck after removing the panel attached to his AlphaTauri in the pits.

No signs of improvement in the weather

Doubt still lingers on the resumption of the race due to the rain.

Gasly’s great anger

In the images transmitted by Canal + after the interruption of the race, we could see the French driver very angry in the pits without knowing the reasons for his anger even if it seems to be linked to the panel that landed on his car immediately after the start.

The anger of Pierre Gasly © Canal +

The spectacular image of Gasly with a piece of billboard

The start was also eventful for Pierre Gasly who inherited a display panel on the front of his AlphaTauri before the race was interrupted.

2/53: red flag!

The race was stopped due to race accidents and in particular the retirement of Carlos Sainz.

1/53: Sainz and Albon on the mat, safety car

The rain is already doing damage! The race is in the safety car after Sainz (Ferrari) and Albon (Williams) go off the track.

1/53: Come on, Verstappen resists Leclerc

Great start in the rain! Attacked from the start by Leclerc, Verstappen resisted and managed to keep his first place! Go on with the show!

Let’s go for the warm-up lap

After a few minutes of doubt due to the rain, the start will be well stopped and not started. There will be 53 rounds scheduled.

Pierre Gasly will start from the pits

A choice of the French driver (AlphaTauri) dictated by the weather conditions. He had to start from the ninth line.

To know everything about the starting grid …

The article on qualifications is here

The rain should stop the race

It’s raining in Suzuka. These difficult weather conditions will make the race complicated and exciting.

Max Verstappen crowned champion if …

-Win the Grand Prix with the fastest lap of the race

– Score 6 points more than Perez and 8 more than Leclerc

Good morning everyone

Welcome to RMC Sport to follow live the Japanese Grand Prix, 17th round of the F1 world championship. At the wheel of his Red Bull, poleman Max Verstappen can become world champion for the second time in his career this Sunday in Suzuka after burning a first cartridge last week in Singapore. Departure at 7:00 am

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