Max Verstappen is the 2022 Formula One world champion
Max Verstappen won the Japanese Grand Prix, and the penalty received by Charles Leclerc helped him become world champion for the second time!
Max Verstappen won the Japanese Grand Prix, and the penalty received by Charles Leclerc helped him become world champion for the second time.
Moreover, the Red Bull Racing driver found out this news already during the interview he gave after the finish, and at that moment he thought that he would be able to secure the title only at the next stage of the season.
Max Verstappen: "I'm just really glad that we were able to hold the race after all! Of course, it was raining heavily, but fortunately, we drove quite a lot of laps, including on intermediate tires.
Of course, I'm happy that I won the race, and it's great that there are so many fans in the stands, although it was already getting dark at the end. In general, it is very good that the race took place – it would be terrible if it could not be held.
If we talk about the championship, it would be incredible if I won it here, but we have a great opportunity to do it at the next race…
What? Did I become a world champion after all? Well, what can I say?!! It's just fantastic! Winning the title in Suzuka is a special achievement, and I am very happy for all the people who work at Honda, and I am happy for the Japanese fans! It's unbelievable!"