Verstappen WINS F1 World Title after Leclerc’s time penalty in torrential rain hit the Japanese GP where Gasly almost hit a tractor

MAX VERSTAPPEN clinched a SECOND Formula 1 World Championship title with five races to go.

The Dutchman started P1 in Japan and dominated the race, crossing the finish line by more than 20 seconds.

Verstappen started P1 at the Japanese GP

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Verstappen started P1 at the Japanese GPPhoto credit: Reuters
Max hugs his girlfriend Kelly Piquet

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Max hugs his girlfriend Kelly PiquetPhoto credit: Reuters
Leclerc's time penalty earned Verstappen a second world title

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Leclerc’s time penalty earned Verstappen a second world titlePhoto credit: Splash
The 25-year-old has won back-to-back titles

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The 25-year-old has won back-to-back titlesPhoto credit: Reuters
Verstappen won his 12th race of the season

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Verstappen won his 12th race of the seasonPhoto credit: Reuters

Title rival Charles Leclerc finished second, taking the title race to Austin in two weeks.

However, Leclerc received a five-second penalty for gaining an advantage over Sergio Perez on the final lap as the pair swapped places.

Verstappen found out about his title win while Perez was doing a post-race interview.

And he even asked if it was fully confirmed in the cold room before sitting on the golden throne.

Full points were also awarded when the race restarted, increasing Verstappen’s championship lead to 113 and making him uncatchable.

The race was halted in the early laps after Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz and Williams’ Alex Albon retired.

The red flag was waived but difficult conditions resulted in the race being suspended.

The conditions were so tough that AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly almost crashed a tractor.

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The tractor was on track to collect Sainz’s Ferrari when Gasly came awfully close to a collision.

F1 lost a life in a similar situation at the same track in 2014.

Jules Bianchi went off the track in difficult conditions and hit a crane vehicle.

The Frenchman suffered severe brain damage and sadly passed away in 2015.

Lerclerc's title fight ended

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Lerclerc’s title fight endedPhoto credit: Reuters
The Dutchman dominated the race and ended up more than 20 seconds behind

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The Dutchman dominated the race and ended up more than 20 seconds behindCredit: AP

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