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Max Verstappen wins the Japanese Grand Prix

Max Verstappen wins the Japanese Grand Prix

Max Verstappen has won the Japanese Grand Prix, officially taking his second Formula 1 world title and officially being declared world champion.

The Dutch Red Bull driver triumphed in a thrilling race that started two hours late due to bad weather.

Max Verstappen wins the Japanese Grand Prix

The 25-year-old took first place at the Suzuka Circuit, leaving behind his teammate Sergio Perez. Ferrari's Charles Leclerc also climbed to the podium, while Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes finished the race in fifth place.

On today's success, Verstappen secured his second consecutive career title in a season where there was little competition and won the 12th race out of 18 held so far.