The memory of the Singapore Grand Prix unfortunately feels distant now, as Red Bull and Max Verstappen not only asserted their dominance in the Japanese GP but also secured the 2023 FIA Constructors’ World Championship with an emphatic victory at Suzuka. Max, starting from pole position, maintained his lead from the very first corner and even set the fastest lap of the race, more than a second quicker than any lap recorded by his rivals. This remarkable win, his 13th of the season, puts Max in a position to potentially seal the FIA Drivers’ Championship as early as the upcoming Sprint race in Qatar, just two weeks away.
Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri claimed second and third places for McLaren-Mercedes. Piastri’s podium finish made him the sixth Australian to reach the top three since 1959. Meanwhile, Ferrari and Mercedes engaged in a fierce battle for the remaining positions. Charles Leclerc led the charge, closely followed by Lewis Hamilton, Carlos Sainz, and George Russell as they crossed the finish line.
In this video, Peter Windsor delves into the race’s pivotal moments, with a special focus on the multitude of spectacular overtaking maneuvers that the iconic Suzuka circuit, originally commissioned by Honda and designed by John Hugenholtz, the architect behind Zandvoort, in the early 1960s, has witnessed over the years.
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