Suzuki It is the temple of speed in the Japanese country, and the 2022 Japanese Grand Prix did not provide a spectacle for the fans and the event. After one lap, the race was stopped due to the rain and Carlos Sainz's accident. And for two hours, absolutely nothing happened.
A race that was finally resumed and had time to do 28 laps, all led by a superlative Max Verstappen. In under 45 minutes, the Dutchman snatched almost 30 seconds from his rivals to add another victory, race number 32, with which he equalled Fernando Alonso and rose to 7th place.
A race with a lot of spice in the last moments. Charles Leclerc lost second place because he pushed Checo Pérez off the track in the last corner. Reason for which the Mexican climbed to the second drawer of the podium in a great shot from Guadalajara.
On the other hand, Fernando Alonso was a breath away from sixth place, finishing +0.011 behind Sebastian Vettel in a beautiful photo finish.
A Japanese Grand Prix in which Max Verstappen twice won the world championship thanks to the race ending before he had completed 50%. The regulations considered that it could be crowned since the event had not been suspended. Results and final positions of the Japanese GP 2022
The summary of the Japanese GP 2022
Victory for Max Verstappen, Checo Pérez 2nd and Charles Leclerc 3rd
After an endless session in the rain at Suzuka, the Dutchman won the victory that elevated him to the category of two-time world champion. We will have to wait for the United States, where only goals will be enough for the title. However, Leclerc kicked Checo out in the last corner, so despite crossing the finish line 2nd, he was penalized 5 seconds.
A nice battle between a Leclerc without tires and a very fast Pérez for second place in the race and the World Championship.
Alonso enters Cajas for a surprising stop, considering how little time was left. He drops to 10th place and loses the 7th place he had.
Guanyu Zhou dares and makes a second stop with ten laps to go. The Chinese could also make others dare.
Hamilton tries unsuccessfully to overtake Esteban Ocon in 130R. The Briton has a lot of places, but the conditions are not optimal.
The degradation is a factor to consider for the closing of the race. The rain is expected to stop soon; if some drivers have lost grip, they will still have to change tyres.
Verstappen could only be champion right now if Leclerc dropped to third place and snatched the fastest lap from him. With Pérez 7 seconds behind the Monegasque, this does not seem possible.
Haas played it with Schumacher and failed. He is left with extreme rain tires as he falls apart on the dash.
Vettel and Latifi, the great beneficiaries of stopping earlier, are eighth and tenth, respectively, in the absence of Schumacher and Zhou.
The race leaders enter while Alonso remains in front as the virtual winner.
Norris and Bottas follow them, pass the intermissions, and start behind the German and the Canadian.
Be careful because Vettel and Latifi drive in intermediate positions and could become today's big surprise.
Start 40 minutes from the end – Clean start without major incidents with Verstappen in the lead.
The safety car turns off its lights.
The race restarts, everyone starts behind the safety car, and the start will be published.
There will be points if they do two laps to the green flag only if, after removing the safe car, two laps are done without major incident. The first five will receive points: 6 (1st), 4 (2nd), 3 (3rd), 2 (4th ) and 1 (5th)
In 10 minutes, the race will resume – The FIA warns the teams that the action will resume. It is estimated that the points can be distributed.
More angles of intervention of the crane – Every moment that passes, there are more images of what happened with Gasly, Sainz and the Crane. The project is scary.
1h18 left – Everything indicates that the race will not restart and that the FIA will lose all the time remaining on the clock.
1h30 left. The discussion about the incident between Gasly and the crane continues. The bailiffs cited the Frenchman for exceeding the authorized speed (he was driving at 250 km/h). At the same time, the driver had no margin to anticipate that there was a vehicle of these characteristics.
The medical car leaves – The race direction withdraws the people checking the track condition when there are two hours left before the official end of the race with three laps consumed.
Half an hour late (at least) - Sebastian Vettel's track engineer informs him that the competition will probably restart at 3:15 pm at Suzuka.
Everything that has conditioned the race so far puts it in danger that it will happen today. Right now, it's 14:50 in Suzuka, and the event should end at 17:05 at the latest.
Without warning and with all cars ready to go, the FIA signalled that the restart of the action was suspended.
With a yellow flag and a safe car, A salvage crane was authorized to remove Sainz's car. A reckless act in these conditions that took Gasly very closely.
The race direction indicates that it will start with a quick start after several laps behind the safety car.
Conditions seem to improve, and the Safety Car has decided to go out and see how the track is.
The FIA clarifies the reason for the temporary suspension of the race. The reasons for this are the deteriorating weather and the withdrawal of injured cars.
Race Direction advises that there will be heavy rain for at least half an hour. It is difficult for the race to resume soon.
Due to various incidents that occurred at the start, the Race Direction decided to stop the race. For all cars, the escape route will then restart.
Carlos Sainz made a mistake in sector two and ended up on the wall. Pierre Gasly had an incident with him, and Alex Albon also gave up.
A great start between Verstappen and Leclerc, who kept parallel in the first corner.
There is a permanent way out.
Given the good conditions, the teams opted for installing intermediate tires and the standing start. Good for the show.
As minutes passed, conditions at Suzuka deteriorated. The rain has increased in the last few minutes, and they will likely end up on extreme rain tires and come off later car insurance.
Water has appeared, and the track is disinterested. It's raining in Suzuka, and now the big question is not whether the conditions will be wet but whether the FIA will decide whether the start is stopped or started.
The Frenchman decided that after his poor qualifying and given the weather conditions, it was better to change components and start. Thus, the next alpine cyclist will start from the escape route.
Shortly after the start, the forecast for the start time of the race (14:00 in Japan) is that there will be rain. The chances are low but will increase over time.
According to the Accuweather forecast, there should be a 34% chance that this will change quickly due to the Japanese weather. However, it is estimated that there could even be a thunderstorm throughout the day, which should not affect F1.'
The platform that owns the television rights of F1 in Spain, DAZN, will broadcast everything that happens in the 2022 Japanese Grand Prix. In addition, on Movistar's DAZN F1 channel, you can also follow the competition live and on demand.
The channel that will broadcast Formula 1 Mexico will be Zorro Deporte Premium, allowing you to see everything that happens in Suzuka on Sunday, October 9. In the United States, the signs of ESPN and ESPN 2 will broadcast all the events in Japan.
While in Argentina and Latin America, they will be Star that transmits this race through broadcasting. In Argentina, meanwhile, we will also see fox sports.