Max Verstappen has clinched his second consecutive driver’s title by winning the Japanese Grand Prix in the rain at Suzuka, a victory that could signal a changing of the guard in Formula One.
Max Verstappen capped a sublime Formula One season with a similar performance at Suzuka to clinch the 2022 championship.
Verstappen's win gave him a place in the record books as he secured one of F1's most dominant championship wins.
Only Michael Schumacher (2001 and 2004) and Sebastian Vettel (2011) have won a championship with four races still left to run.
Verstappen led the rainy race from start to finish but did not realize he had won the championship after taking the checkered flag.
While Verstappen's first title was shrouded in controversy after the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, his second has looked like inevitable for several months.
Verstappen's win was his 12th of the season; Schumacher and Vettel hold the joint record for most wins in a season at 13. F1's season concludes with races in the U.S., Mexico, Brazil and Abu Dhabi, meaning the Dutch driver has the chance to break the season wins record.