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Red Bull Verstappen-Perez one-two at Suzuka, Sainz on podium ahead of Leclerc

Max dominated from start to finish, getting the better of his teammate, Perez, while Lando Norris ended up behind the two Ferraris, and future Ferrari driver, Hamilton, gave a lackluster performance.

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For the fourth consecutive race, the F1 had a one-two, this time thanks to Red Bull. Max Verstappen won it all by taking home a pole position, the GP win, and also the fastest lap at Suzuka, followed by his teammate, Sergio Perezat 12 seconds. Carlos Sainz's Ferrari was on the podium again. Even if he will no longer be part of the team in the near furture, Carlos is proving to be the driver of reference in Maranello.

The Spanish rider, who was more competitive all weekend than Charles Leclerc, ended up behind him at one point, due to a pit stop. But, at lap 46, he regained a third position, and keept it until the end.

Lando Norris finished behind the two Reds. McLaren's English rider, who had started third, was unable to maintain his intention of retaining his place, partly because of a better performing SF24. But he still managed to hold off Fernando Alonso's Aston Martin.

George Russell with the Mercedes and Oscar Piastri with the MCL38 fought all the way to the checkered flag: the stars of a gripping duel where, right at the last meters, the Brit overtook the young Australian, caught between the Silver Arrows, considering that Lewis Hamilton finished ninth. The seven-time world champion again proved to be less incisive than his neighbor and suffered in the direct confrontation.

In front of his home crowd, Yuki Tsunoda on the RB had an excellent race. The Japanese driver once again demonstrated that he's the backbone of the former Alpha Tauri, in light of a Daniel Ricciardo, who's often not very fast and provokes accidents, such as the one that caused the red flag at the start, and that also ended up involving Alex Albon's Williams.

Unfortunately, Guanyu Zhou had to retire due to a gearbox malfunction while Logan Sargeant, who had already struggled with a violent collision during Free Practice 1, crashed off-track.



Translated by Leila Myftija

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