LIVE – Japanese GP: Verstappen in command ahead of Leclerc

Victory but no title for Verstappen!

The Dutchman from Red Bull takes the victory but does not (yet) win the title of world champion. Max Verstappen is ahead of Charles Leclerc and Sergio Pérez. Frenchman Esteban Ocon finished in a very good 4th place. One question remains about Leclerc’s 2nd place who shot straight ahead before crossing the finish line.

It’s the end of the clock, last lap!

Drivers only have one lap to attack.

The midpoint has passed

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

Gasly still in the pits

Third stop for the Frenchman, 18th and good last in the Grand Prix. There are 12 minutes left in the race.

Hamilton attacks Ocon

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

The most decisive fastest lap point for Verstappen?

Under the rules, the GP winner only earns 13 points and not 25 when less than 50% of the race is completed, which may be the case this Sunday at Suzuka (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, it can be if he gets 6 points more than Pérez 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 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.

Leclerc fast lap

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

Verstappen regains his place as leader

The game of pit stops benefits Verstappen who recovers his first place ahead of Leclerc at 0”4.

Verstappen and Leclerc in the pits!

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

Various drivers in the pits

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

And here we go again!

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

Already two reconnaissance laps

The exit is, without a doubt, imminent.

The cars return to the track

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

Jules Bianchi’s Father’s Wrath

“There is no respect for the lives of the drivers, there is no respect for the memory of Jules,” wrote Philippe Bianchi, the father of the French driver who died in 2015 at Suzuka after his car got stuck under a lifting device that finished to evacuate the Sauber of German Adrian Sutil, who went off the track on the previous lap.

The race will resume

The weather conditions have improved slightly, so the race will resume at 09:15.

The anger of Sergio Pérez

After Lando Norris, it’s up to Sergio Pérez to express his anger after the presence of a crane on the track. “How do we make it clear that we don’t want a crane on the track anymore? We’ve already lost Jules (Bianchi) because of this mistake. What happened today is totally unacceptable! I hope it’s the last time.” I see a crane on the track,” tweeted the winner of the last Singapore GP.

What if Gasly was to blame?

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

No points are awarded if the race is not resumed.

According to the rules, no points will be awarded if the race is not resumed. For points to be shared, 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 doesn’t feel like restarting either.

Lando Norris (McLaren) has just posted a message on Twitter and, like Albon, the Brit is obviously not too interested in continuing: “Wtf. How did this happen!? We lost a life a few years ago (the death of Jules Bianchi in 2015 right here in Suzuka, editor’s note). We are risking our lives, especially in conditions like that. We want to race but like this… Unacceptable.”

What you should know about Gasly’s anger because of a crane

After removing a display panel from his wing that had landed on the front of his AlphaTauri, Pierre Gasly returned to the track but ended up with a crane. The presence of this truck could have been very dangerous. He angered the Rouennais with rage, who said “I could have killed myself!” The race stewards have opened an investigation. According to Albon, Vettel had already raised the problem of these cranes entering the circuit too quickly after an incident.

… All information and images are here.

Albon does not want to return to the race

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

Not getting better at Suzuka

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

Delayed start again

The rain does not stop disturbing this Grand Prix. The new beginning is still delayed. A point will be made in 10 minutes.

The race will resume at 7:50 am

The race stewards 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 was met on the track by a truck after removing the panel attached to his AlphaTauri in the pits.

No signs of improving the weather

Doubt still hangs over the resumption of the race due to rain falls.

Gasly’s Great Wrath

In some images broadcast 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, although it seems to be related to the panel that landed on his car just 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 at the front of his AlphaTauri before the race was stopped.

2/53: red flag!

The race was interrupted after incidents in the race and especially the withdrawal of Carlos Sainz.

1/53: Sainz and Albon on the canvas, pace car

The rain is already doing damage! The race is under safety car after Sainz (Ferrari) and Albon (Williams) left 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. To 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 on the show.

Pierre Gasly will start from the pits

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

To know everything about the starting grid…

The article on grades is here.

The rain should interrupt the race.

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

Max Verstappen is crowned champion if…

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

-Score 6 points more than Pérez and 8 more than Leclerc

Good morning to all

Welcome to RMC Sport to follow live the Japanese Grand Prix, the 17th round of the F1 world championship. At the wheel of his Red Bull, Max Verstappen, poleman, can be proclaimed world champion for the second time in his race this Sunday at Suzuka after having burned out a first cartridge last week in Singapore. Departure at 7 a.m.

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