Formula 1 2022 – Bonus-malus: Max Verstappen (Red Bull) in levitation, the FIA ​​in perdition

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For the professionalism of the organization and management of the race at the FIA.

The champion: Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

Japanese Grand Prix

These five Grands Prix that showed the stature of Verstappen


The best driver in the rain is still the best in the world. Suzuka offered its new title a magical setting and the FIA ​​terrifying and then laughable circumstances. He belonged on another planet in these difficult conditions and showed Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) and Sergio Pérez (Red Bull) what they had to do – find the trick to save the sculpted tires – to compete with him one day. One day it may be.

12 wins this year is just one shy of Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel’s record, with four races remaining. Therefore, it is enough for him to ridicule his rivals…

The loser: Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)

Once again, once too many. The unpleasant feeling that she never touches him, for one reason or another. Sometimes they are the “medium” or “hard” tires. There, it was the “rain”.

“After three laps, I had no more tiressummarized. We had a lot of damage. In the race, many times we are very good in the warm-up phase, in the first laps of each compound, then we have more difficulty.”

“Charlot”, officially third at 27 seconds after 28 laps, also lost his second place in the championship. One point separates him from Sergio Pérez (Red Bull) and he has four races left to recover it.

The Vengeful: Alpine

Great weekend for the Blues. Ranked fifth and sixth, Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso put on a show to reach the finish line in fourth and seventh position. The Frenchman, for whom this is the best result of 2022, has even surpassed a milestone by never giving in to pressure from Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes).

In the Constructors’ World Championship, the 18-1 inflicted on McLaren returned fourth place to Enstone, with 13 points.

Bonus: Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin)

It’s good to see such a champion meet on such a beautiful circuit. The day after his comments about the incomparable beauty of the Japanese circuit, he paid Alonso for P7. We would almost have liked it to be the last Grand Prix of the season to offer him a start.

The sanction: the FIA

The scandal, we should have titled it. The presence of the tow truck on the track when the cars returned to the pits behind the safety car is a very serious flaw, and sickening proof that Jules Bianchi’s fatal accident in 2014, in similar circumstances, did not serve as a lesson.

Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) would have been impaled on the truck, in the back of which a bailiff was operating, if he had obeyed the order to slow down. He was driving at 250 km/h before the arrival of the red flag and there was nothing he could do. The FIA ​​diverted attention or moved the problem giving him a 20-second penalty. “It’s not the Pierre incident, it’s the FIA ​​incident”aptly summed up George Russell (Mercedes).

“It’s disrespectful to Jules, he released Gasly. I’m happy to be alive,” the Norman released. He measured his comments because he knows that he is bound by some restraint. But it is an insult to the memory of the unfortunate niçois, really.

We’ll stick to that, without pushing the folkloric end-of-race steering, where the race steering has shaved a lap off the intended distance. Not to mention the lack of communication at the scale.

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First win for Red Bull in the hybrid era at Suzuka and first fastest lap of the race for Guanyu Zhou (Alfa Romeo).

The declaration: Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

“We always try to be a more complete driver, but we are not robots, we make mistakes. It is about trying to minimize them. Sometimes it works better than others, but overall it worked pretty well.”

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Leclerc: “After three laps, I had no more tyres”


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