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Post-Race from The Japanese GP | 7

Fast & Loose: F1®

10-10-2022 • 52 mins

Just when you think this sport couldn’t get any more dramatic…

Utter chaos from a rain-drenched Suzuka Circuit as Max Verstappen is crowned back-to-back Formula 1 World Champion! While the dutchman's Championship is thoroughly well-deserved after a consistently brilliant season, few could have predicted the circumstances in which he would be crowned champion.

Verstappen claimed his twelfth win of the season at the Formula 1 Honda Japanese Grand Prix with ease, after a lengthy red-flag due to poor conditions ate into race-time.

Red Bull’s main man needed to outscore Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc by eight points and teammate Sergio Perez by six at Suzuka. Leclerc crossed the line second, but a late penalty against him was reported to seal the title for Verstappen. HOWEVER, confusion spread throughout the paddock as it was initially believed full points would not be awarded, as only 29 laps were completed of the planned 53-lap race. However, full points were awarded, and that coupled with the five-second penalty for Leclerc, handed Verstappen the title.

Max now joins a pantheon of greats (including our very own Mika Häkkinen) to have claimed back-to-back F1 Championships.

Join Will Arnett, Mika Häkkinen, Michelle Beadle, and producer Sammy James as they cover all the action from the Formula 1 Honda Japanese Grand Prix.

In addition to the Championship’s climax, the team reacts to all the main talking points from the race. They discuss the controversial tractor incident involving Pierre Gasly.

Throughout the podcast, F1 fans Will and Michelle give their hot takes from the weekend. F1 legend Mika gives his analysis and answers your ‘F101’ questions, and we hear from newly crowned 2-time World Champion Max Verstappen after the race.

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