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Max Verstappen wins red-flagged race

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Verstappen beat team-mate Sergio Perez and Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz, in a race that was purple flagged following a gap lap crash between RB’s Daniel Ricciardo and Alex Albon of Williams.

2024 F1 Japanese Grand Prix outcomes

2024 F1 Japanese Grand Prix report

Polesitter Verstappen led the cost to Flip 1, forward of Perez, Lando Norris (McLaren), Sainz and Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin).

Additional again, Ricciardo and Albon touched wheels on the strategy to Flip 2 and each automobiles slammed into the tyrewall, inflicting a purple flag. “He simply squeezed me, nowhere to go,” rued Albon on the radio.

After a prolonged delay for barrier repairs, groups have been in a position to change tyres within the pits with the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and George Russell switching to the exhausting compound, whereas fifth positioned Fernando Alonso remained on his selection of softs.

Verstappen once more led away from the 18-car standing restart, main Perez, Norris, Sainz and Alonso as soon as extra. The Alpines of Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon touched on the run to Flip 1, whereas Russell misplaced a spot to Yuki Tsunoda’s RB when he locked up and ran broad, however he was in a position to regain the spot a lap later.

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Verstappen’s main margin was aided when the chasing Perez ran broad at Degner 2 on lap six.

Norris was the primary of the frontrunners to pit, giving up third place on lap 12, whereas McLaren team-mate Oscar Piastri stopped from fifth a lap later. Alonso, who rose to fourth, removed his softs on lap 14.

The Mercedes duo swapped locations on lap 14, with Hamilton permitting the quicker Russell forward.

Verstappen was over 5s away from Perez when the latter pitted on lap 16, and he was adopted in by third positioned Sainz.

Verstappen went to lap 17 earlier than making his cease, rejoining simply forward of early stopper Norris, who handed the yet-to-pit Hamilton across the exterior of Flip 1, whereas Perez – who’d misplaced his runner-up spot to Norris – braved it down the within of Hamilton at 130R.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc ran very lengthy to steer for a few laps, till Verstappen caught at handed him initially of lap 21 to regain his high spot. Sainz then misplaced time passing the Mercedes duo, dropping 7s behind Perez.

Second positioned Leclerc, who was hanging on with well-worn medium tyres, briefly went off at Degner 2 simply earlier than half distance, permitting Perez again into second – however Sergio was already over 10s behind Verstappen.

Leclerc pitted for the primary time on lap 27, the identical tour as Norris for his second cease, the pair break up by Russell as they rejoined. Norris zapped across the exterior of Russell at Flip 1 a lap later.

Perez made his closing cease on lap 34, rejoining behind Norris, whereas Verstappen ran a lap longer earlier than doing likewise. Perez was in a position to chase down and DRS previous Norris on the run to Flip 1 on lap 35 and mirrored the transfer on Leclerc on the following tour.

Australian GP winner Sainz now led however locked up and straight-lined the chicane on his {old} rubber, pitting a lap later and handing the lead again to Verstappen. This dropped Sainz all the way in which again to seventh however with the freshest rubber of all of the frontrunners and he went on a cost.

Sainz shortly handed Hamilton, as Russell pitted forward of them, and chased down Norris – passing him for fourth with 9 laps remaining. He snatched third from one-stopping team-mate Leclerc a few laps later, DRS-ing previous on the run to Flip 1 for the ultimate spot on the rostrum.

Verstappen cruised to a different victory by 12s over Perez, with Sainz heading him Leclerc for an additional podium end. Norris completed fifth from a raging battle for sixth between Alonso, Piastri and Russell.

Piastri and Russell clashed on the chicane with 5 laps to go, however Piastri made an important error there forward of the final tour, which allowed Russell to grab seventh on the run to Flip 1.

Hamilton was ninth, whereas residence hero Tsunoda claimed the ultimate level.

2024 F1 Japanese Grand Prix quickest laps

Cla   Nº   Driver   Automotive / Engine   Time   Delay   Km/h 
1 Max Verstappen Pink Bull/Honda RBPT 1’33.706   223.093
55 Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 1’33.841 0.135 222.772
11 Sergio Pérez Pink Bull/Honda RBPT 1’33.945 0.239 222.525
44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’33.952 0.246 222.509
63 George Russell Mercedes 1’34.404 0.698 221.444
14 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin/Mercedes 1’34.726 1.020 220.691
81 Oscar Piastri McLaren/Mercedes 1’34.802 1.096 220.514
2 Logan Sargeant Williams/Mercedes 1’34.900 1.194 220.286
16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1’35.044 1.338 219.952
10  4 Lando Norris McLaren/Mercedes 1’35.186 1.480 219.624
11  27 Nico Hülkenberg Haas/Ferrari 1’35.325 1.619 219.304
12  18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin/Mercedes 1’35.798 2.092 218.221
13  31 Esteban Ocon Alpine/Renault 1’36.232 2.526 217.237
14  22 Yuki Tsunoda RB/Honda RBPT 1’36.342 2.636 216.989
15  77 Valtteri Bottas Sauber/Ferrari 1’36.608 2.902 216.392
16  10 Pierre Gasly Alpine/Renault 1’36.642 2.936 216.315
17  20 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1’36.654 2.948 216.289
18  24 Zhou Guanyu Sauber/Ferrari 1’37.160 3.454 215.162

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